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Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Mugabe calls top US diplomat "a prostitute"

HARARE - President Robert Mugabe of Zimbabwe has accused the US of political interference and threatened to expel its ambassador, as his party began its campaign for next month's election run-off.

Sir Robert said the US State Department's top diplomat for Africa had behaved like a prostitute by suggesting the opposition Movement for Democratic Change had won the March 29 elections. The attacks on the US ambassador, James McGee, and the Assistant Secretary of State, Jendayi Frazer, on Sunday signalled the start of Mr Mugabe's campaign for the June 27 run-off against Morgan Tsvangirai, who won the first round but fell short of an absolute majority.

"He [McGee] says he fought in Vietnam, but fighting in Vietnam does not give him the right to interfere in our domestic affairs," he said. Of Ms Frazer, he said: "You saw this little American girl trotting around like a prostitute celebrating that the MDC had won. A disgraceful act."

State media said yesterday that Mr Mugabe would respect the voters' will if his 28-year-rule was ended in the run-off.

- REUTERS

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