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Zimbabwe votes on constitution plan
From: BBC          Published On: March 17, 2013, 00:12 GMT
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Zimbabwe votes on constitution plan
Zimbabweans have voted in a referendum on a new constitution that would limit future presidents to two terms.

Voters are expected to endorse the plans, which include devolution and a bill of rights.

Correspondents say many people do not understand the changes, and turnout at some polling stations was low.

President Robert Mugabe, who has led Zimbabwe since 1980, defended the vote and said the people had been widely consulted about the changes.

"We went round asking the people questions: what sort of parliament do you want? What sort of president do you want? And the people were giving their answer," he told the BBC.

"So, the people made the constitution."

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