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Mugabe: Western Monitors Not Welcome at Zimbabwe's March Elections


In Harare, President Robert Mugabe says he has no intention of inviting Western observers to monitor Zimbabwe's parliamentary elections, scheduled in about three months.

Saturday's edition of the state-run Herald newspaper quotes Mr. Mugabe as saying he will invite only neighbor states to send election observers next March.

The 80-year-old president has been accused of rigging the 2002 ballot that re-elected him, and Western observers also criticized the flawed conduct of the country's last parliamentary election, in 2000.

In his remarks this week to a gathering of his ruling ZANU-PF party, Mr. Mugabe reportedly denounced what he called "imperialist countries" of the developed world as "liars [and] completely dishonest."

Some information for this report provided by AFP and Reuters.

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