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Robert Mugabe to Continue as Zimbabwe Leader

August 16, 2013

Zimbabwean Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai late Friday withdrew a court case in which he intended to challenge the re-election of President Robert Mugabe last month.

In a two-paged affidavit deposed at Constitutional Court, Tsvangirai said his case, which was set for a Saturday hearing, would not go ahead, as the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) had not released election material he wanted to use in the challenge.

"I have no other option but to take this grave decision," said Tsvangirai, who, according to the ZEC, got 34 percent of the vote in the July election. Mugabe, 89, was declared winner with 61 per cent and a two-thirds majority in parliament.

In the court application, Tsvangirai had said ZEC had rigged the election for Mugabe - Africa's oldest leader - who has been ruling Zimbabwe since 1980.

The July 31 elections were expected to end a fragile power-sharing government Mugabe and Tsvangirai formed in 2008 after African leaders refused to recognize an election in which Mugabe had claimed victory over Tsvangirai amid widespread reports of violence and intimidation.

The issue of Zimbabwe is likely to dominate a regional Southern African Development Community leaders' meeting in Malawi this weekend.




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Source: Copyright 2013 dpa Deutsche Presse-Agentur GmbH


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