Zimbabwe

Polls begin to close in tight Zim vote

2013-07-31 19:17
Exiled Zimbabweans queue at home affairs offices in Johannesburg, to legalise their stay in South Africa ahead of a midnight deadline. (Werner Beukes, Sapa)

Exiled Zimbabweans queue at home affairs offices in Johannesburg, to legalise their stay in South Africa ahead of a midnight deadline. (Werner Beukes, Sapa)

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Pastor Evan Mawarire 'a great shame', says Mugabe
Pastor Evan Mawarire 'a great shame', says Mugabe

Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe has described as "great shame" the self-exiled cleric Evan Mawarire after his planned protest against the veteran leader in New York failed last week.

Harare - Polls have begun to close in Zimbabwe's fiercely contested election on Wednesday, AFP reporters witnessed, amid persistent allegations of rigging by President Robert Mugabe's allies to extend his 33-year rule.

At one station in central Harare translucent boxes with grey covers were sealed with yellow cable ties, while at others voters already queueing were being given a chance to cast their ballots.

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