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Post-Election Zimbabwe Unravels, Things Could Get Worse

April 21, 2008 05:02 PM
by findingDulcinea Staff
Unrest continues as Mugabe’s recount further delays the announcement of the election results. Amid reports of violence, opposition leader Tsvangirai is said to have fled the country.

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Opposition party Movement for Democratic Change has stated that it will not accept results of the recount or accept a runoff vote against Mugabe.

The MDC has maintained since the March 29 elections that its leader, Morgan Tsvangirai, rightfully won the race for the presidency.

But Mugabe, who has run the country for 28 years, contests that claim.

Some analysts worry that the power struggle could incite violence in the troubled country, or that it already has. And Tsvangirai has fled the country to escape reprisals, according to The Christian Science Monitor.

In a new report, Human Rights Watch said that Mugabe’s party, the ZANU-PF, “is using a network of informal detention centers to beat, torture, and intimidate opposition activists and ordinary Zimbabweans.”

Tendai Biti, the MDC’s secretary general, has said Zimbabwe now resembles a “war zone,” with thousands of people displaced and 10 killed in post-election violence.

And in a public statement U.K. Foreign Secretary David Milliband said on Monday that Mugabe is trying to “steal the election.”

"Most worryingly, President Mugabe and his Zanu-PF party have unleashed a campaign of violence against those ordinary Zimbabweans, 60 percent of them, who in spite of everything, voted against him,” he said.

Watch Biti declare that the country is in a state of “undeclared war” on The BBC.

Headline Link: The recount continues

Analysis: The deteriorating situation in Zimbabwe

Opinion: ‘Doing Nothing to Stop Him’

Background: The March 29 election

Reference: Zimbabwe election results

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