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/ 5 May 2008

Zim opposition in election run-off debate

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.

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/ 29 April 2008

One month on, Zim still awaits result

A month after Zimbabweans took to the polls to pick a president, the outcome of the vote is still not in sight as the United Nations prepared on Tuesday to discuss the Zimbabwe impasse. Suggestions by the country’s electoral body that results of the March 29 presidential vote could be out later this week have been met with scepticism.

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/ 3 April 2008

Zim awaits presidential vote results

Zimbabweans waited anxiously on Thursday for an end to a deafening official silence over the outcome of their presidential election, after the opposition took control of Parliament. The country’s electoral commission wrapped up final results on the parliamentary contest in the early hours, in which President Robert Mugabe’s ruling party lost its majority.

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/ 28 March 2008

Final push for votes in Zimbabwe

Zimbabwe state media predicted on Friday a crushing victory for President Robert Mugabe in weekend elections as his two main challengers made fresh allegations that the result may be rigged. Citing an eve of poll survey by university researchers, the Herald said Mugabe was set to win 57% of the votes.

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/ 27 March 2008

Mugabe could hang on despite challenge

The economy is in ruins, the population live in misery and he faces the most formidable challenge of his 28-year rule, yet Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe could still cling to power in Saturday’s elections. Critics say Mugabe has enough control of the electoral machinery to retain power, with the decisive backing of police and army.

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/ 23 February 2008

Mugabe prepares for R1,9m birthday bash

As many as 10 000 people began gathering on Friday in a town in southern Zimbabwe for President Robert Mugabe’s 84th birthday celebrations, state radio reported. Organisers of Saturday’s ceremonies said they raised about Z-trillion for the bash — the equivalent of about R1,9-million at the dominant black-market exchange rate.