Mugabe Clings to Power Despite Rigging Claims

Zimbabwe’s Robert Mugabe says he will not give up power despite emerging evidence of widespread rigging at elections held July 31.
He told those challenging his victory to “go hang” when he addressed party supporters and war veterans in Harare Monday. Main rival in the election, Morgan Tsvangirai has filed a petition alleging massive fraud, delaying Mugabe’s inauguration, originally set for Monday.
“We have excelled,” Mugabe bragged in Shona. “Take it or leave it. We have delivered democracy on a platter. Never will we go back on our victory. Those who are pained by it can go hang.”
Mugabe accused Tsvangirai of stealing his votes in 2008, and gave the war-time chant, “Pasi naye”, meaning, “Kill the traitor”.


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