Five years after standing on the brink of electoral defeat, Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe was inaugurated to extend his 33-year rule with renewed power at home and acceptance from neighboring countries.
Morgan Tsvangirai’s rise from labor leader to Zimbabwe prime minister and presidential contender ended last week in his heaviest ever electoral defeat at the hands of Robert Mugabe. Now some analysts believe he may have to quit politics.
Most Zimbabwean polling stations closed in an election that will decide whether President Robert Mugabe will extend his 33-year rule amid claims by his opponents that a flawed electoral roll threatened a free vote.
Zimbabwean Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai must overcome a flawed voters’ roll and the hostility of the military in a presidential vote tomorrow if he’s to end the 33-year rule of Africa’s oldest leader, Robert Mugabe.
Zimbabwean Finance Minister Tendai Biti said lenders including units of Barclays Plc and Standard Chartered Plc have a last chance to support the central bank’s Treasury bill sales or they will be compelled to buy negotiable certificates of deposit.
Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai’s Movement for Democratic Change won’t accept the results of yesterday’s parliamentary and presidential election in Zimbabwe because of “monumental rigging,” Tendai Biti, the secretary general of the party, said.