"Luckily, God has given me this longer life than others to be with you and I will not let you down," President Mugabe said at ZANU-PF party convention on Saturday , according to the Associated Press
. At the convention, his ruling party confirmed him as its sole presidential election candidate.
Mugabe addressed 6,000 delegates on the fourth and last day of ZANU-PF's annual convention in the city of Bulawayo, saying it would be "an act of cowardice" for him to step down.
According to The Zimbabwean
, Mugabe said elections would be held after a new constitution had been adopted not later March.
An election next year will end Mugabe's 30-month coalition government with prime minister Morgan Tsvangirai of the Movement for Democratic Change.
The veteran president
has ruled Zimbabwe since independence from Britain in 1980.