Zimbabwe’s parliament on Dec. 18 approved four pieces of legislation providing for sweeping reform of the country’s security, media and electoral laws in an explosion of bipartisan activity that seemed to bode positively for resolution of the crisis that has bedeviled the country for the better part of a decade. The lower house whisked legislation amending the much-maligned Public Order and Security Act, the Access to Information and Protection of Privacy Act, the Broadcasting Services Act and a recently drafted electoral law through three readings. The legislation now goes to the senate where it is expected to receive the same fast-track treatment, then on to President Robert Mugabe for signature. (VOA)

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