Pressure mounts in Harare

Four days after elections in Zimbabwe, pressure is growing on the country’s electoral commission to issue results.


Amid intensifying global scrutiny, Morgan Tsvangirai said his Movement for Democratic Change would issue its own results if the commission did not. Mr. Tsvangirai has said he is convinced he defeated President Robert Mugabe but that he will not claim victory until the official count is known. He denied rumors of a secret deal allowing Mr. Mugabe to step down.

The MDC leader said no negotiations would take place until the final result was known. Bright Matonga, Zanu-PF’s Deputy Information Minister, also rejected reports of a deal. MDC sources had earlier told the BBC the outline of an agreement had nearly been reached for Mr. Mugabe to step down.

Parliamentary results released so far show that the MDC has 90 seats, including five for a breakaway faction of the party, against 85 for Zanu-PF, with 35 still to come.

A waiting that kills!


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