Wednesday, April 2, 2008

Update - Zimbabwe elections

Time could finally be running out for Robert Mugabe. While official results of Saturday's presidential election still have not been announced, results from Zimbabwe's lower House of Representatives have been announced with the opposition Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) pulling out a two-seat victory over Mugabe's ZANU-PF party.

It is a surprising turn of events, since speculation was growing that Mugabe had rigged the results of the elections to keep himself and his party in power. The opposition MDC party accused ZANU-PF of rigging the results of the last presidential election in 2002. In the years following, members of the MDC were routinely harassed and even beaten. During the past few months, Mugabe has all but banned reporters from European news outlets from reporting from inside Zimbabwe - all signs outside observers felt were indications that Mugabe planned to hang on to power by any means necessary.

Still, the results from the parliament show that either Mugabe did not try to fix the results of the election, or that his efforts failed.
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1 comment:

Denis said...

you should consider posting some stuff on opendemocracy.net...