Zimbabwe's president goes back to court to delay July 31 polls for at least 2 weeks

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Zimbabwe's highest court says it has received an application from the president's party to delay crucial elections by at least two weeks.

The move comes after regional leaders in southern Africa called for more time for poll preparations and electoral reforms.

Officials at the Constitutional Court said Wednesday that a top minister in President Robert Mugabe's party filed appeal documents. The papers ask the court to review an earlier ruling ordering that elections be held by the end of July.

Regional leaders are pushing for an extension until Aug. 14. Zimbabwe's prime minister, a former opposition leader and longtime Mugabe rival, wants elections to be held in September.

Zimbabwe's last elections in 2008 were plagued by violence and ultimately forced Mugabe to join a power-sharing government with the opposition.