ZIMBABWE ELECTIONS

ZIMBABWE ELECTIONS

Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe inspects an honor guard of police officers Thursday in Harare, the country’s capital. (Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi / Associated Press / June 13, 2013)

Police officers are on parade as President Robert Mugabe inspects the guard of honour, at a police pass-out parade in Harare, Thursday, June, 13, 2013. Zimbabwe’s prime minister says has received a letter from the President Robert Mugabe saying elections will go ahead on July 31. The communication is the latest development in a standoff between the two leaders over when to hold the long-awaited vote. Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai said Thursday that Mugabe should have shown “mere courtesy” by consulting him on the issue. Mugabe was forced by regional leaders to form a coalition government with former opposition leader Tsvangirai after violent and disputed elections in 2008. The longtime president he is abiding by a court ruling calling for the vote to go ahead. (AP Photo/Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi)