Monday, June 23, 2008

Mugabe Wins in Zimbabwe

No, he didn't win the runoff election. He won through intimidation.

MSNBC reported yesterday that Robert Mugabe's opposition pulled out of the election.

HARARE, Zimbabwe - Opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai said Sunday he is pulling out of this week's presidential runoff because of mounting violence and intimidation against his supporters.

Tsvangirai announced his decision during a news conference in Zimbabwe's capital after thousands of ruling party militants blockaded the site of the opposition's main campaign rally.

"Conditions as of today do not permit the holding of a credible poll," Tsvangirai said. "Given the totality of these circumstances, we believe a credible election is impossible. We can't ask the people to cast their vote on June 27 when that vote will cost their lives. We will no longer participate in this violent sham of an election."

The runoff election will come Friday, but the results this time are a foregone conclusion. More woe is ahead for the people who remain in Zimbabwe.

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