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Count under way after Zimbabwe referendum

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Zimbabwe was on Sunday tallying the ballots from a constitutional referendum that looked set to curb President Robert Mugabe's powers and tee up crucial elections in the violence-plagued nation. 

Supporters of Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe salute the presidential guard in Harare, Highfield surburb on March 16, 2013 during the constitutional referendum in Zimbabwe. Ballot counting was underway in Zimbabwe Sunday after a referendum on a new constitution set to curb presidential powers and usher in crucial elections in the violence-plagued nation.

The first incomplete trickle of results pointed to landslide backing for the text, which would introduce presidential term limits, beef up parliament's powers and set polls to decide whether the 89-year-old Mugabe stays in power.

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