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Zimbabwe elections off for three months

The Sydney News.Net
Wednesday 14th May, 2008

The Zimbabwe Electoral Commission has announced the second round of presidential elections in Zimbabwe, originally scheduled for 23rd May, will now be postponed for three months.

The MDC has severely criticised the decision to postpone the second round and disagreed with the new date chosen.

It says that the three-month gap gives President Mugabe more time to intimidate opposition supporters.

Opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai won the first round of elections at the end of March.

But, according to the electoral commission, the margin of votes between his MDC party and President Robert Mugabe's ZANU-PF party was so small that a second round was necessary to determine the winner.

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05-14-08, 09:41 PM

Zimbabwe elections off for three months

Mugabe has committed a crime against humanity for all the untold suffering that he had brought to his once prosperous country.

05-31-08, 10:50 PM

But wouldn’t it be immoral not to assassinate Mugabe??...
Zimbabwe army: Vote for Mugabe or quit
May 26, 2008 — Top Zimbabwe general tells nation’s soldiers to vote for Mugabe or quit the army; Deadlock since disputed election of March 29, presidential runoff set for June 27; International Crisis Group previously warned risk of coup if Mugabe not elected

A top Zimbabwe army general called on the nation’s soldiers to vote for Robert Mugabe in a presidential runoff or quit the military, the official media reported Saturday. Army Chief of Staff Maj. Gen. Martin Chedondo told troops at a target-shooting competition to leave the military if they did not support Mugabe, the state Herald newspaper reported.

“Soldiers are not apolitical. Only mercenaries are apolitical. We have signed up and agreed to fight and protect the ruling party’s principles of defending the revolution. If you have other thoughts, then you should remove that uniform," he was quoted as saying. He told soldiers at the Cleveland shooting range outside Harare on Friday that Mugabe was head of the nation’s defense forces. “We should therefore stand behind our commander in chief," he reportedly said.

In the past, the country’s generals, mostly veterans of the bush war that led to independence from Britain in 1980, have vowed never to salute Morgan Tsvangirai, leader of the Movement for Democratic Change, if he were to become president. In a report released Wednesday, the respected International Crisis Group said that senior military commanders opposed to Tsvangirai were instrumental in preventing a democratic transition after the March 29 election.

The opposition party won a majority in parliament and Tsvangirai won the presidential race, though not by an absolute majority. The crisis group warned that there was a “growing risk of a coup” either before the June 27 presidential runoff as a pre-emptive move to deny Tsvangirai victory, or after a Tsvangirai win.



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