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Thursday, April 3, 2008

Mugabe's eyes set on run-off

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Robert Mugabe is ready for a second round of the presidential election, a spokesman for his ruling Zanu-PF party said today. It is now clear that the opposition has won the parliamentary poll, but no results have yet been released for the vital presidential vote.

Brushing off signs that Mugabe is in retreat for the first time in 28 years of power, Matonga said results from an election in which the ruling ZANU-PF lost control of parliament for the first time showed it won the majority of votes cast. "From ZANU-PF's perspective, we are very confident that we've got the numbers, when it comes to a re-run, we're ready for that second round, and we are confident that President Robert Mugabe will win this time."

Matonga's words seemed the clearest indication so far that Mugabe, widely blamed for the economic collapse of his once prosperous nation, was preparing to contest an April 19 run-off against Tsvangirai. In his first public appearance since the March 29 election, Mugabe met the head of an African Union election observer team at his residence in Harare, state television reported.

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