Zimbabwe was on Saturday facing a protracted battle between the opposition and President Robert Mugabe's ruling party over the outcome of elections, with results still awaited a week on from the vote. Mugabe, still to make any public comment since last Saturday's elections, was endorsed by his Zanu-PF party on Friday to stand in a run-off.
Zimbabwe's opposition claimed a clear lead over President Robert Mugabe and his party as pressure mounted on Monday evening for the swift announcement of full results from presidential and parliamentary polls. Earlier on Monday, the United Kingdom-based Institute for War and Peace Reporting said that Mugabe was to announce victory.
If this was the day that the big change would take place, Harare did not look the part. If it weren't for the posters and the tent structures for polling stations on open land, one would be forgiven for thinking this was just another sleepy public holiday in the capital of Zimbabwe.