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Zimbabweans Learn about Constitution Process at Montpelier

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A group of Zimbabwe's leading attorneys is in Virginia to learn about the U.S. constitution-making process as part of an effort to draft a new constitution for their African nation.

The Center for the Constitution at James Madison's Montpelier is hosting the eight Legal Society of Zimbabwe members. The center has connected the lawyers with legal scholars and international law and policy experts in meetings Wednesday and Thursday at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville.

Society President Tinoziva Bere says the visit has helped strengthen the process of writing a new constitution that aims to ultimately stabilize his politically fragmented country. He hopes to show Zimbabweans that diverse groups can be one nation without violence.

Zimbabwe must adopt a new constitution before new presidential elections can be held.

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