I've no regrets, says Robert Mugabe

2013-07-31 09:33
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Cape Town - Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe says he has no regrets from his 33 years in charge of the southern African country.

Mugabe said this during an interview with itv.com on the eve of watershed elections currently underway in Zimbabwe.

"No, regret. I don’t have regrets at all, none," said the 89 year old veteran leader who is seeking to extend his rule.

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Mugabe reiterated the statement he made at a press conference at the state house in Harare on Tuesday that his party had never rigged elections.

"That's a foreign word - 'rigging'. We've never ever rigged an election. This is not the first time we are voting. We started in 1980, every five years we've done elections. They've never ever ever [been rigged] - that I can assure you" Mugabe said.

Mugabe also blamed Britain of many of Zimbabwe’s problems today.

"Really condemnation by us of Britain and mainly of the government of Mr Blair. He is the one who caused it. He didn’t want dialogue," Mugabe said.

He however, said Zimbabwe was ready to normalise relations with Britain.

"If the British people would want us to be related to them once again, we are free, we’re open. We never, never have taken a stance of hate," said Mugabe.

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

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