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Zimbabwe economy seen growing 8.9 pct in 2013-finmin

HARARE, Oct 12 (Reuters) - Zimbabwe's economy is projected to grow 8.9 percent next year if the political environment remains stable and the government lives within its expenditure targets, the finance ministry said on Friday in a pre-budget statement.

Uncertainty over the date and conduct of elections due within the next year is casting a shadow over the economy given Zimbabwe's recent history of violent and disputed polls.

(Reporting by MacDonald Dzirutwe; Editing by Ed Cropley)

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Keywords: ZIMBABWE ECONOMY/