Mugabe Announces Referendum Date

Zimbabwe’s President Robert Mugabe has issued an official proclamation setting a March 16 date for a referendum on a proposed new constitution, a move that sets the stage for national elections later this year.

In a Friday statement, Mr. Mugabe said he considered it “desirable to ascertain the view of voters” as he announced his decision on the issue.

His proclamation follows announcements earlier this week by Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai and Eric Matinenga, the …