Saturday, April 5, 2008

Mugabe asks for recount as election stalemate deepens

Its nine days after Zimbabwe's presidential election, but still no official results have been released. Opposition candidate Morgan Tsvangirai has claims that he has won with slightly over 50 percent of the vote. But the government, led by President Robert Mugabe, has continued to prevent the release of the voting totals. Now Tsvangirai is appealing to the country's supreme court to force the announcement of the results.

Mugabe has said that he would agree to stand in a run-off election, a strange position to take considering that he hasn't officially lost. Mugabe's ZANU-PF party has already lost their majority in Zimbabwe's parliament.

Opposition leaders fear that the delay in releasing the election results is a ploy for Mugabe to buy time to stage a coup to keep him and his party in power. War veterans from Zimbabwe's war of independence - a strong bloc of support for Mugabe - are said to be mobilizing in areas of the country.
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