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Zimbabwe Opposition Head Says Voters Heeded Call for Election Boycott


The leader of Zimbabwe's main opposition party says voters heeded his call to boycott Saturday's Senate elections.

Speaking to reporters Sunday, Morgan Tsvangirai said the low turnout vindicates his Movement for Democratic Change and shows that the people have no confidence in President Robert Mugabe's government.

Poll watchers say voter turnout for the elections was as low as 15 percent.

A faction of the MDC rejected Mr. Tsvangirai's call for a boycott and fielded 26 candidates. Early returns show five of those candidates taking seats in the newly-created Senate.

But Mr. Mugabe's ZANU-PF party has a guaranteed lock on the 66-seat body. Nineteen ZANU-PF members were running opposed, while another 16 Senate members will be appointed by the president or his allies.

Mr. Mugabe's party won at least two Senate races in Harare, a traditional opposition stronghold.

Some information for this report provided by AP and Reuters.

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