HARARE, (Xinhua) --
Zimbabwean President Mnangagwa on Thursday said
that he would soon invite leaders of opposition political
parties to a consultation meeting ahead of forthcoming
presidential and general elections which he has already said
would be held in June.
While giving his
condolence message to the family of opposition leader Morgan
Tsvangirai who died in South Africa Wednesday, Mnangagwa said
the nation should hold free, fair and credible elections in
tribute to Tsvangirai and to democracy.
“As part of building
political consensus in the country ahead of the harmonized
elections, I shall soon be inviting leaders of all political
parties for a day-long consultative meeting. Indeed the ethic of
overarching collaboration above fair and peaceful political
contestation must be cultivated and entrenched into our national
politics for all times,” he said.
Mnangagwa is set to
proclaim election dates anytime from now after promising to do
so after Feb. 12 following the conclusion of a voter
At least 75
political parties have registered to contest in the 2018
elections, according to the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission.