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Sunday, June 22, 2008

Is threatening to attack and kill your political opposition a form of vote manipulation?


this is soo-o-o-o-oooo wrong... and where the hell are the leaders of the african nations and the rest of the world community...?
Only five days before Zimbabwe’s presidential runoff election, the opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai announced Sunday that he was pulling out of the race because armed forces backing President Robert Mugabe have made it clear that anyone who votes for Mr. Tsvangirai faces a real possibility of being killed.

At a news conference, Mr. Tsvangirai, who leads the opposition Movement for Democratic Change, or M.D.C., said he was unwilling to ask the party’s supporters to go to the polls on Friday “when that vote will cost them their lives.”

Mr. Tsvangirai’s decision came on a day when governing party youth militia armed with iron bars, sticks and other weapons beat his supporters as they sought to attend a rally for him in Harare.

it's a tragedy that tsvangirai is pulling out, but, given the circumstances, also seems to me to be a display of true leadership...

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