And we thought Ireland was in dire straits.
Zimbabwe's Finance Minister has complained that the country is so broke that it can't afford to hold forthcoming elections or constitutional referendums:
Zimbabwe' s finances in state of paralysis, says minister - The Irish Times - Thu, Jan 31, 2013The Zimbabwean government’s precarious financial position was laid bare on Tuesday when finance minister Tendai Biti admitted the state’s public account stood at just $217 after civil servants were paid last week.
Although Mr Biti has since admitted around $30 million in revenue has subsequently been lodged into government coffers, he said he made his comments to emphasise that the country was in no position to pay for a referendum and general election this year.
A new constitution must be adopted before general elections to end the powersharing arrangement between Mr Mugabe’s Zanu-PF and Mr Tsvangirai’s Movement for Democratic Change can take place, under the terms of the deal both parties signed.
At least Ireland can still afford to hold general elections and referendums, can't it?