Zimbabwe‘s opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai has said he will contest a presidential run-off, despite fears of widespread poll violence.
Speaking in South Africa, he said people would feel “betrayed” if he did not run, and vowed to return shortly. Mr Tsvangirai called for an end to violence, as well as full access by international monitors and media.
Official first-round results put him ahead of President Robert Mugabe, but not by enough votes to win outright. Mr Tsvangirai had earlier insisted he had secured more than 50% of the vote, and that there was therefore no need for a second round.
“I am ready, and the people are ready for the final round,” the opposition leader went on to demand “unfettered access of all international observers” and journalists covering the vote.
Morgan is ready for the second round and this is fine, the question is if Mugabe is ready to go to prison and to be followed by the international court for crimes against humanity!