05/09/2013 16:08 GMT
HARARE, May 09, 2013 (AFP) - Zimbabwe's lower house of parliament on Thursday approved a draft constitution that was overwhelmingly endorsed in a March referendum, paving the way for new elections.
"The number of affirmative votes, 156 is not less than two-thirds of the total members of the house," said parliament speaker Lovemore Moyo in the capital Harare.
All the lawmakers present voted in favour of the draft which needed the assent of two-thirds. The rest of the 210-member chamber were absent or have passed away.