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British Leader Says Zimbabwe Election Results Should be Published

British Prime Minister Gordon Brown has repeated his call for the results of Zimbabwe's elections to be published without further delay. Mr. Brown also said he is in contact with African leaders on the issue. Tendai Maphosa filed this report from London.

Prime Minister Brown was speaking to reporters three days after Zimbabwe's elections.

"It's very important that the democratic rights of the Zimbabwe people be respected, and upheld and recognized," he said. "That's why I continue to call for the election results to be published and not to be withheld so that we have a full account quickly of what has actually happened in elections that are over now and where the results are available."

Mr. Brown also underscored the importance of the elections and their fairness, saying the eyes of the world are on Zimbabwe.

He said he has spoken to South Africa's President Thabo Mbeki and to former United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan. He did not reveal details about those talks.

"This is primarily a matter for Africans to express their views as well as other countries expressing theirs," said Prime Minister Brown.

Zimbabwe held presidential, parliamentary and local elections on Saturday. By Tuesday afternoon, only some results in the elections for parliament's lower house had been announced.

Morgan Tsvangirai, the presidential candidate of the opposition Movement for Democratic Change is claiming victory over long-time incumbent President Robert Mugabe. A former finance minister Simba Makoni is also running for president.

The elections took place as Zimbabwe grapples with the highest inflation rate in the world and widespread shortages of basic foodstuffs. Mr. Mugabe's critics blame the country's woes on the government's mismanagement. He says the country's problems are the result of a western campaign led by former colonial power, Britain.