Zimbabwe’s Ruling Party Claims Victory in Elections Critics Label a ‘Farce’



The polls in Zimbabwe had barely closed when Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai characterized the July 31 presidential election as “a huge farce.” “In our view, the election is null and void,” Tsvangirai said. “The shoddy manner in which it has been conducted and the consequent illegitimacy of the result will plunge this country into a serious crisis.”

Tsvangirai, who sought to defeat longtime President Robert Mugabe, dismissed the election outright nearly four days before the announcement of the official results. Speaking to reporters from the headquarters of his party, Movement for Democratic Change (MDC), Tsvangirai described polling day irregularities, vote rigging and disenfranchisement. On Friday, Zimbabwean election officials claimed Mugabe’s ruling Zimbabwe African National Union-Patriotic Front (ZANU-PF) had won a massive majority in parliament. The news, ahead of an official verdict that was expected Monday, only adds fuel to allegations by the country’s leading domestic monitoring body that the vote which…

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