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Zimbabwe's president Mugabe predicts 90% poll victory
July 05, 2013
Robert Mugabe has launched his party's campaign
for the 31 July general elections, predicting a 90% victory for
But the 89-year-old
leader warned it was a "do-or-die struggle" and to prepare
for a "battle for survival".
will mark the end of a coalition
government, which has stabilised the country's economy.
He is standing
for president against his long-time rival Morgan Tsvangirai, who
has been serving as prime minister.
leader of the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) pulled out of
the second round of the 2008
presidential election, accusing the security forces and pro-Mugabe
militias of attacking his supporters around the country.
He had won the
most votes in the first round but according
to official results, not enough to win outright.
After Mr Mugabe
went ahead with the run-off, winning with 85% of votes cast, regional
mediators intervened to organise the power-sharing
agreement. 'No violence'
the Constitutional Court rejected an appeal by both parties to delay
set for 31 July for a couple of weeks.
key security, media and electoral reforms demanded by regional mediators,
the Southern African Development Community (Sadc), have yet to be
The MDC also
warned last month that the voters' roll was in a "shambles"
and the vote could be rigged.
be known that we are in Sadc voluntarily; if Sadc decides to do
stupid things we can move out and withdraw from Sadc," Mr Mugabe
told a crowd of between 5,000 and 7,000 party supporters at the
Zimbabwe Grounds in Highfields, a suburb of the capital, Harare.
The BBC's Brian
Hungwe in Harare says the choice of the Zimbabwe Grounds to launch
the campaign was significant.
It was there
that Mr Mugabe gave his first address in 1980 to a crowd of some
200,000 people after returning to Zimbabwe from Mozambique, where
he had led the armed struggle against white-minority rule.
In an address
that lasted well over an hour, Mr Mugabe urged the Zanu-PF faithful
in 2013 to avoid the violence of five years ago.
kick our opponents with votes. But please no violence. Let's have
an election without violence, without intimidation," he said.
that the MDC has usually garnered most of its support in urban areas,
but Zanu-PF has been making a concerted effort to appeal to younger
a member of Zanu-PF's politburo, said he expected a "huge and
emphatic victory this time round".
The party had
"a very clear policy... on indigenisation and economic empowerment
of the people of Zimbabwe", he told the BBC's Focus on Africa
no other party with any other programme that competes significantly
or seriously with Zanu-PF's policies for the next five years,"
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