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Zimbabwe: Constitutional Amendment Provides for Prime Minister Position

(Feb. 13, 2009) It was reported on February 10, 2009, that, in line with the power-sharing arrangement reached between Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe's party, ZANU-PF, and Morgan Tsvangirai's Movement for Democratic Change, the Zimbabwean Parliament passed a key constitutional amendment that will make Tsvangirai the first Zimbabwean Prime Minister. The bill has been sent to the President for his assent. (Bill Sent to President for Signing, THE HERALD, Feb. 10, 2009, available at http://allafrica.com/stories/200902100020.html.)

A similar amendment, creating the position of prime minister that a former opposition leader, Raila Odinga, now occupies, was adopted in Kenya after President Mwai Kibaki's ruling party and Odinga's opposition Orange Democratic Movement reached a power-sharing deal. (See Lawmakers Amend the Constitution, WORLD LAW BULLETIN, Apr. 2, 2008, available at //www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/WLB?disp3_340_text.)