Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Working on the rigs

Fair play to the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission. It may have taken them a month, but they've finally been able to massage the election numbers to a vaguely plausible result:
HARARE (Reuters) - Zimbabwean opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai won 47 percent of the presidential election and Robert Mugabe captured 43 percent, senior government sources said on Wednesday.
One of the sources told Reuters a runoff would be needed because Tsvangirai did not win enough votes for an outright victory.
This was always going to be the next stage of the game - the real question is what happens now - whether there is any international monitoring, or whether the scene is set for a brutal crackdown, or whether, possibly, Mugabe will step down in return for a power-sharing government.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

My money is on another Mugabe crackdown and a surprise victory in the run-off.

10:09 am  

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