Saturday, 3 August 2013

Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe,89 Years Old, re-elected amid fraud claims


Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe has won a seventh term in office.Mr Mugabe won 61% of the vote, against Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai's 34%.Mr Tsvangirai earlier said the elections for parliament and president were fraudulent and promised to take legal action.

He said his Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) would no longer work with Mr Mugabe's Zanu-PF party.

The two parties have been in a coalition since 2009, after the last election sparked widespread violence.

Results from this week's parliamentary election showed the MDC had been trounced, winning just 49 seats compared with Zanu-PF's 158.

In a news conference before the presidential result was announced, Mr Tsvangirai said Zimbabwe was "in mourning".
He said he would produce a dossier of the alleged electoral fraud and he called on the southern African regional bloc, Sadc, to investigate.

However, the African Union, which had 70 observers, said its initial report suggested the election was "free and credible".

The AU's mission chief Olusegun Obasanjo said there had been "incidents that could have been avoided" and asked Zimbabwe's election authorities to investigate claims that voters had been turned away from polling stations.
Mr Mugabe has been president since 1987. He became prime minister when Zimbabwe won independence from the UK in 1980.

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