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Zimbabweans Fear Mugabe's Fight For Power; Armed Guards Prevent Opposition From Entering High Court To Demand Release Of Election Results
|Contributor||Brandonius Maximus |
|Last Edited||Brandonius Maximus Apr 06, 2008 05:50pm|
|Media||TV News - Columbia Broadcasting System CBS News|
|News Date||Sunday, April 6, 2008 11:00:00 PM UTC0:0|
|Description||(AP) Zimbabwe's opposition leader says he fears that President Robert Mugabe is preparing a "war against the people" in an attempt to hold on to power. |
Movement for Democratic Change leader Morgan Tsvangirai has told a news conference that his party is reluctant to take part in an election runoff because of the growing risks of violence.
Earlier today, armed police prevented opposition lawyers from entering Zimbabwe's High Court to lodge an urgent suit aiming to force the publication of presidential election results.
Opposition lawyer Alec Muchadehama said a senior police officer wearing a ruling ZANU-PF shirt gave the orders, amid increasing signs of a clampdown.
"No one is going to enter. They say they are going to call the riot police," Muchadehama said. Journalists waiting outside the court also were ordered to disperse.
The Movement for Democratic Change wanted the High Court to force the electoral commission to publish results of the March 29 presidential election.
The opposition will mount a new bid in the High Court on Sunday for the election results to be published.
Official results for the parliamentary elections showed the ruling party lost its majority in the 110-seat parliament. Independent observers projected that MDC candidate Tsvangirai won most of the votes cast in the presidential contest but not enough for an outright victory over longtime ruler Robert Mugabe.
The ruling ZANU-PF party announced Friday it was endorsing Mugabe, whose 28-year rule led Zimbabwe from liberation to ruin, in a runoff election.
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