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Mugabe Re-Elected; Opposition Vows Challenge

Zimbabwe's Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai gestures during a media briefing in Harare Aug. 3, 2013.
Zimbabwe's Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai gestures during a media briefing in Harare Aug. 3, 2013.
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Zimbabwe's president, Robert Mugabe, has extended his 33-year rule, being declared the winner of Wednesday's presidential election, despite opposition claims of fraud and concerns raised by other countries.

Zimbabwe's election commission announced Mugabe's victory on Saturday. The commission said Mugabe won a new five-year term with 61 percent of the vote, compared to 34 percent for his longtime rival, Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai.

President Mugabe's ZANU-PF party also won more than a two-thirds majority in parliament, which will allow it to make changes to the constitution. Tsvangirai's Movement for Democratic Change party, meanwhile, won a much smaller fraction of the 210 parliament seats.

Tsvangirai has denounced the presidential and parliamentary vote as a "huge farce," vowing to challenge the results in court and calling for new elections.

"The MDC totally rejects the 31 July elections on the basis of, A, the process and, B, the absence of reforms."

Tsvangirai told a news conference his party will not participate in the new government.

The MDC's rejection of the election results has raised fears of a repeat of bloody violence that followed a disputed vote in 2008.

The international community, meanwhile, has also expressed concerns about the poll.

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said the United States does not believe the announced results represent a "credible expression of the will of the Zimbabwean people." In a written statement issued Saturday, Kerry said the balance of evidence indicates the announcement was "the culmination of a deeply flawed process." He listed irregularities in the voters roll, unequal media access for each party and the government's failure to implement constitutionally-mandated reforms as some of those flaws.

The European Union said Saturday it was concerned about "alleged irregularities and reports of incomplete participation" in the poll, as well as "identified weaknesses in the electoral process and a lack of transparency."

The African Union declared the election "free and credible," but says it wants more information about the reported irregularities.

Monitors from the Southern African Development Community said that although the vote was "peaceful," it was too early to declare it "fair."

Mugabe opponents say the polling was made fraudulent by alleged voter intimidation and government manipulation of the voter rolls.

The Zimbabwe Election Support Network, which had thousands of vote monitors present, said the election process was compromised because many were blocked from casting ballots.

Amid the allegations, U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has urged President Mugabe and Prime Minister Tsvangirai to send what he called "clear messages of calm" to their supporters. He said any election disputes much be handled "transparently and fairly."

The 89-year-old Mugabe and 61-year-old Tsvangirai were the main contestants in the five-candidate presidential race. The elections are expected to end a fragile power-sharing government the two principals were forced to put together in 2009.

That power-sharing deal, spawned by disputes over the 2008 elections, ended the election-related unrest that left 200 of Tsvangirai's supporters dead.

Some information for this report was provided by AP, AFP and Reuters.

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by: Chasura from: Matocha
August 03, 2013 6:12 PM
Swallow your pride Mr Tsvangirai, We watched you saying you will announce the results ahead of ZEC putting yourself Above the Law, who would have wanted to vote you in especially those who know Central Government Management and soon after the new constitution making that you also cried foul? Remember maZimbos takadzidza kupfuura most Africans through HE RG Mugabe's hands so we voted him in nomwoyo wose wena. His policies are second to none in this world, Health, Education, Indigenization, Land reform +++

by: Ephrem Getachew from: Addis Ababa
August 03, 2013 3:49 PM
Congratulation!! to Zanu PF and the people of Zimbabwe, Please Mrs. Tsevangaruai accept the result & work with Presid. Mugabe

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