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Zimbabwe opposition denies transition talks
|Contributor||Brandonius Maximus |
|Last Edited||Brandonius Maximus Apr 01, 2008 06:16pm|
|News Date||Wednesday, April 2, 2008 12:00:00 AM UTC0:0|
|Description||HARARE, Zimbabwe - Zimbabwe’s opposition leader said Tuesday that his party is not in discussions with President Robert Mugabe’s team on the longtime leader relinquishing power. |
Earlier, a businessman close to the electoral commission and a lawyer close to the opposition said such talks were under way.
But opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai said late Tuesday that “there are no discussions.”
The opposition has claimed victory in Saturday’s elections, but officials have yet to release results from the presidential vote.
Independent observers say trends indicate Tsvangirai won the most votes in the presidential race, but not enough to avoid a runoff — a prospect that could be humiliating to the 84-year-old president, who has been in power for 28 years.
No returns from Saturday’s presidential vote have been made public, fueling fears of rigging. Mugabe has been accused of stealing past elections, though that was before Zimbabwe’s economy collapsed and leading members of his own party openly defied him.
A person close to the Electoral Commission told the AP that Mugabe has been informed he is far behind Tsvangirai in preliminary election results, and that there could be an uprising if Mugabe were declared the winner. The person, who spoke on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the issue, said aides to both men were discussing Mugabe’s ceding power.
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