Zimbabwe

Tsvangirai votes with a 'heavy heart'

2013-07-31 12:02
Zimbabwe's prime minister, leader and candidate of the MDC, Morgan Tsvangirai, flanked by his wife Elizabeth, casts his ballot in a polling station in Harare. (Jekesai Njikizana, AFP)

Zimbabwe's prime minister, leader and candidate of the MDC, Morgan Tsvangirai, flanked by his wife Elizabeth, casts his ballot in a polling station in Harare. (Jekesai Njikizana, AFP)

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Cape Town – Despite entering into the election race with a "heavy heart" and the odds heavily stacked against his favour, Zimbawe's Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai has refused to back down from the election contest.

Mail&Guardian reported that the MDC leader cast his vote just before 11:00 on Wednesday.

Months leading to the national election, President Robert Mugabe's Zanu-PF party resisted key political reforms as outlined by the power sharing agreement signed in September 2008, while the military's top brass publicly lent its support to Mugabe.

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A partisan state media also remained instrumental in giving free live coverage of all 10 of Mugabe's rallies held nationwide throughout the month – while denying the MDC media space.

A belligerent MDC however, became fiercely critical in the days leading up to the election contest, perhaps having a sudden realisation that victory could be stolen away from it again by Mugabe.

In the last elections held in 2002 and 2008, the MDC claimed victory was stolen from it by Zanu-PF.  

Tsvangirai, in this year's run-up to the election was able to draw large crowds at his rallies where the "change" and "Mugabe must go" mantra reached fever-pitch. The final MDC rally held in Harare on Monday, dubbed the "cross-over" rally, was estimated to have drawn a crowd of nearly 50 000 MDC supporters.

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

Read more on:    mdc  |  zanu-pf  |  morgan tsvangirai  |  robert mugabe  |  zimbabwe  |  zimbabwe elections 2013  |  southern africa

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