Voting is reported to have got off to a slow start in Zimbabwe’s run-off presidential election in which Robert Mugabe is the only candidate.
Opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai withdrew from the contest because of violence against his supporters. He told them that if they had to vote to protect themselves from attacks to do so, but described the day as “a shameful humiliation” for the country.
Mugabe ignored calls from world leaders to postpone the poll. Foreign ministers for the Group of Eight nations (G8) meeting in Japan said they could not accept the legitimacy of a Zimbabwe government “that does not reflect the will of the Zimbabwean people”. US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said they would consult other members of the UN Security Council to see what “next steps” might need to be taken.
That’s how caricature Africa’s Hitler understands democracy!!!
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!
Hillary Clinton holds a commanding lead in West Virginia, according to a new poll. Clinton has a 43-point advantage over Obama, 66 percent to 23 percent, according to a new survey from the American Research Group.
The poll was conducted entirely after Tuesday’s primary results, and carries a margin of error of plus or minus 4 percentage points. The poll suggests Clinton’s white, working class base seems to be holding firm for her — at least in West Virginia, where that demographic makes up a substantial portion of the Democratic electorate.
I keep saying and I will keep repeating myself, it is time for Hillary and Obama to find the half way and go after the common enemy!
Zimbabwe‘s “war veterans” militia plan to intimidate voters by posing as police officers during the presidential run-off.
He said they would be based inside polling stations during the vote, whose date has not yet been fixed. The report came as South Africa’s President Thabo Mbeki, the lead Zimbabwe negotiator, prepared to hold talks with Robert Mugabe in Harare.
Mr. Mbeki has previously played down talk of a crisis in Zimbabwe. The opposition Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) says its supporters are being systematically targeted by the “war veterans” and other supporters of President Mugabe ahead of the run-off.
Mugabe is using everything to stay in power but now he is against the world!
Half of the results from Zimbabwe‘s parliamentary polls in March have been challenged in court, state media says.
Lawyers say the 105 petitions should not disrupt the work of parliament, but could in the end overturn the opposition’s historic majority. The announcement came as southern African mediators arrived for talks over the presidential run-off impasse.
The opposition might boycott a run-off, saying candidate Morgan Tsvangirai was the rightful winner in the first round. Results published by Zimbabwe’s electoral commission last week gave Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) leader Mr. Tsvangirai more votes than President Robert Mugabe, but not the 50% needed to avoid a run-off.
Mugabe is out he just doesn’t want to accept it, so let’s help him a bit …Mugabe f%$k off!
Barack Obama has scored a clear win in the Democratic presidential primary in North Carolina, while Hillary Clinton has narrowly won the Indiana primary.
Senator Obama won 56% of the vote in North Carolina, while Senator Clinton won 51% of the vote in Indiana. Both votes were the final major Democratic primaries which help decide the party’s White House candidate.
Neither scored a knock-out blow, but analysts say Mr. Obama’s lead looks increasingly unassailable. A win in Indiana was seen as critical for Mrs. Clinton if she was to stay in the race to stand against Republican John McCain in November’s presidential vote.
About time for those two to find the middle ground and go for McCain instead of each other!
Hillary Clinton has vowed to fight on in the contest to be the Democrats‘ presidential candidate, comparing herself to the film character Rocky.
Speaking in Philadelphia, where the film Rocky was set, she said: “When it comes to finishing a fight, Rocky and I have a lot in common. I never quit.”
Sylvester be aware a female Rocky is coming! I have to admit that it is amazing what politicians say for a few votes, occasionally even …entertaining!