United Nations chief Ban Ki-moon on Monday expressed alarm at reports of rising violence and intimidation in Zimbabwe and said he was consulting with African leaders on how to help resolve the country's election crisis. "I am deeply concerned at reports of rising levels of violence and intimidation" in Zimbabwe, he told reporters.
Zimbabwe's opposition on Monday mulled whether to contest a presidential election run-off after winning the first round as President Robert Mugabe's camp began gearing up for the ballot. "We are still putting things together and when we are ready, we will get the press informed," George Sibotshiwe, a spokesperson for opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai, said.
Sudan will seek to head the African Union during the continental body's upcoming summit at its headquarters in Addis Ababa, a Sudanese official said. Sudan's two previous bids for the AU's rotating presidency have been unsuccessful due to reservations over Khartoum's rights record in the western region of Darfur.
African diplomats presented a united front on Saturday to support Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe's presence at an upcoming European Union-Africa summit despite strong European reservations. "The African Union wants all African countries to take part" in the summit in Lisbon in December, an official from the body's headquarters in Addis Ababa said.