Panel: No age limit to disqualify Zimbabwe leader

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Posted: Feb 26, 2012 4:41 AM
Panel: No age limit to disqualify Zimbabwe leader

A panel of lawmakers in charge of rewriting Zimbabwe's constitution says no conclusions have been reached on an age limit for the country's president.

State media reports have said there are moves to disqualify longtime ruler President Robert Mugabe, 88, from contesting new polls and alleged it was a ploy by his opponents.

The all-party parliamentary Constitution Select Committee said in a statement Sunday it has "not yet deliberated" on a reported age limit of 70. It said such suggestions were premature and "people should not be distracted by hearsay."

It said it had no hand in leaking unsubstantiated draft proposals to the media. Mugabe's party has emphasized he will not sign into law any rules that disqualify him.