Zimbabwe

Mugabe is tried and tested – loyalists

2013-07-31 14:01

Harare - Amid recovery from an economic crisis that saw mass unemployment and galloping inflation, Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe’s loyalists insist their hero is "tried and tested".

In the run up to the elections which kicked off on Wednesday morning, Mugabe focused his campaign on bashing homosexuals and on promises to widen the redistribution of wealth to poor black Zimbabweans.

The veteran leader’s archrival Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai, on the other hand, hopes his plans to lure back foreign investors, create a million jobs in five years and improve public services will deliver a long-awaited victory.

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Credible opinion polls are rare, but according to one survey by the US-based Williams firm in March-April, Mugabe could be in for a rough ride.

In a survey of 800 Zimbabweans, 61% said they had a favourable view of the MDC compared with 27% for Mugabe's Zanu-PF.

The poll showed Tsvangirai leading in seven of 10 provinces and that only 34% of those who voted for Mugabe in 2008 back him this time around.

Polling stations close at 17:00 GMT and final results are expected with five days.

The poll showed Tsvangirai leading in seven of 10 provinces and that only 34% of those who voted for Mugabe in 2008 back him this time around.

Polling stations close at 1700 GMT and final results are expected with five days.

For all Zimbabwe election stories please visit our Zimbabwe Special Report Page.

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