Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai said on Thursday Zimbabwe elections will go ahead next year, despite infighting that continues to hamper the government's power-sharing agreement.
Zimbabwe's unity pact between President Robert Mugabe and long-time rival Tsvangirai has helped stem the economy's decade-long tumble, but squabbling within the coalition has held back progress and stood in the way of elections.
"When we emerge from the constitutional reform programme an agreed timeframe for elections will be outlined," Tsvangirai told a news conference in South Africa, during a trip to meet with supporters.
Tsvangirai is scheduled to meet with Mugabe for the first time in more than a month on Friday, and the two are due to discuss problems with the power-sharing agreement.
A date for the elections will be set after a referendum is held, Tsvangirai said.
Tsvangirai said his Movement for Democratic Change party was "in a marriage of convenience" with Mugabe's ZANU-PF, but the experience had allowed them the opportunity to halt "Zimbabwe's plunge towards a failed state".
He also dismissed allegations of divisions within his own party, saying it was trying to adapt to being in government and running a party at the same time.
"The struggle for a democratic end is still in place," he said.
"The ideal arrangement is to respect, conduct an election with a clear winner."
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