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ZANU-PF: Presidential runoff in Zimbabwe (accuses MDC of bribery of officials,will contest 16 seats)
AP on Yahoo ^ | 4/4/08 | Angus Shaw - ap

Posted on 04/04/2008 10:14:50 AM PDT by NormsRevenge

HARARE, Zimbabwe - Zimbabwe's ruling party said Friday there will be a presidential runoff election between President Robert Mugabe and opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai.

ZANU-PF party secretary and Minister of State Didymus Mutasa also charged that the opposition bribed electoral officials and said his party would contest results of 16 parliamentary seats — enough to win back its majority.

Mutasa spoke at a news conference after a party politburo meeting, the first since elections results showed it has lost its control of parliament. The opposition claims to have won the presidency, but official returns in that race have not yet been released.

On Thursday, Zimbabwe's main opposition party Movement for Democratic Change said that Mugabe has "unleashed a war" in his bid to stay in power after party offices were raided and foreign journalists detained.

Mugabe has ruled Zimbabwe since his guerrilla army helped force an end to white minority rule and bring about an independent Zimbabwe in 1980, but his popularity has been battered by an economic freefall that followed the often-violent seizures of white-owned commercial farms in 2000.


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Foreign Affairs; Front Page News; Government
KEYWORDS: mdc; runoff; tsvangirai; zanupf; zimbabwe

1 posted on 04/04/2008 10:14:51 AM PDT by NormsRevenge
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shades of Florida 2000. 8-o

the Fed Zimbabwe-style

Day breaks over the Zimbabwean Reserve Bank, center, and the capital Harare, Friday, April 4,2008. In a desperate attempt to stabilize the faltering economy, the government authorities introduced a new $50 million bank note, state media reported. Intruders Thursday ransacked offices of the main opposition party and police detained foreign journalists in an ominous sign that President Robert Mugabe might turn to intimidation and violence in trying to stave off an electoral threat to his 28-year rule. (AP Photo/Mujahid Safodien-STAR)

2 posted on 04/04/2008 10:17:52 AM PDT by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi ... Godspeed ... ICE’s toll-free tip hotline —1-866-DHS-2-ICE ... 9/11 .. Never FoRGeT)
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The opposition is corrupt, I tell you, corrupt to the core.


A video grab shows Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe appearing on state television for the first time since Saturday's election, April 3, 2008. (ZBC via REUTERS TV/Reuters)

'Baghdad Mugabe' has spoken.


3 posted on 04/04/2008 10:20:34 AM PDT by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi ... Godspeed ... ICE’s toll-free tip hotline —1-866-DHS-2-ICE ... 9/11 .. Never FoRGeT)
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To: NormsRevenge

I’ll take a cheesesteak. That’ll be 50 million dollars,Mr.
Obama.


4 posted on 04/04/2008 10:21:02 AM PDT by Dr. Ursus (( commander of the simian host))
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To: NormsRevenge
Wait, what?

Corruption in Africa?

In an African political election?

I'm shocked...utterly shocked.

5 posted on 04/04/2008 10:27:29 AM PDT by AreaMan
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To: NormsRevenge

He’ll “win” it the same way he “won” in 1980. On the offchance he doesn’t he’ll declare an “Emergency” and impose martial law. The only way he’ll leave is feet first.


6 posted on 04/04/2008 10:35:24 AM PDT by 1066AD
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To: NormsRevenge
The ballot box stuffing is under way.... Mugabe knows ultimately its one man, one vote, one time - his. The elections are a farce from start to finish.

"Show me just what Mohammed brought that was new, and there you will find things only evil and inhuman, such as his command to spread by the sword the faith he preached." - Manuel II Palelologus

7 posted on 04/04/2008 10:45:46 AM PDT by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives In My Heart Forever)
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To: NormsRevenge

A little background on the nightmare that is Zimbabwe:

http://rhodesian.server101.com/communist_support_for_terrorists.htm


8 posted on 04/05/2008 8:33:55 AM PDT by GodGunsGuts
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