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Vol 54 No 16

Published 2nd August 2013


Fury follows calm elections

Prime Minister Tsvangirai rejects reports of a ZANU-PF victory in the elections, claiming the party had engineered a ‘monumental fraud’

The stage is set for days, perhaps weeks, of confrontation following claims by Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai and local monitoring groups of extensive rigging in the 31 July elections. The worsening dispute will put great pressure on the Southern African Development Community to broker a resolution. Neither of the two main parties looks prepared to accept a power-sharing deal, which was SADC’s remedy for the political crisis after the disputed and violent elections of 2008. This will give the key role to South Africa’s President Jacob Zuma who – beset by political ructions at home – has shown little energy or interest in urging the Zimbabwean parties to follow the electoral rules set out in the 2008 SADC agreement.

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