ZIMBABWE ELECTION: Fair Or Farce

ZIMBABWE ELECTION: Fair Or Farce

Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe has been declared the winner of the 31 July elections, with 61 percent of the vote and his Zanu-PF party gaining a two-thirds majority in parliament.

ZIMBABWE ELECTION: Fair Or Farce

But there are reports that the opposition Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) has claimed massive fraud and says it will go to court.

International opinion on the poll is sharply divided with Western countries generally condemning it, while most African leaders - except Botswana - have congratulated Mr Mugabe on his re-election.

Western observers were barred from the election. Monitors from the African Union (AU) and the Southern African Development Community (Sadc) praised the poll for being peaceful but still noted several irregularities. Zanu-PF has denied allegations of fraud.

AU mission head Olusegun Obasanjo said he had never seen a perfect election and that the discrepancies were not large enough to affect the result - Mr Mugabe gained 938,085 more votes than his rival Morgan Tsvangirai.

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