- Title: ZIMBABWE: LATEST REACTIONS TO MUGABE ELECTION VICTORY.
- Date: 2nd April 2005
- Summary: (BN09) HARARE, ZIMBABWE (APRIL 2, 2005) (REUTERS) 1. GV: VIEW OF STREET 0.04 2. GV/MV/CU: PEOPLE BUYING NEWSPAPERS FROM STREET VENDOR; NEWSPAPER HEADLINES; MAN READING NEWSPAPER (6 SHOTS) 0.38 3. (SOUNDBITE) (English) HARARE RESIDENT WHO WANTED ONLY TO BE KNOWN AS 'MURPHEY' SAYING: "I know that if I can vote, if I remain without voting, the effect will remain the same. Nothing will change especially here in Zimbabwe. Nothing will change. The ruling party will remain the same so why should I vote if I know that nothing will change. It's just a matter of me getting disappointed." 0.57 4. (SOUNDBITE) (English) MDC SUPPORTER WHO WANTED ONLY TO BE KNOWN AS 'TIM' SAYING: "The results are not very pleasing - at least what I expected is not what's coming out. I was of the opinion that MDC would become victorious, at least in the election. It would have brought the sort of hope for a better, brighter future, especially for young people like myself." 1.22 5. (SOUNDBITE) (English) ZANU-PF SUPPORTER WHO WANTED ONLY TO BE KNOWN AS LYNNE, SAYING: "Well it could be time for a change as I said but the opposition isn't as appealing to me as it should be. Maybe if there was another opposition other than the one we have at the moment, I would probably have voted otherwise but at the moment I think I will stick with ZANU." 1.39 6. GV: PEOPLE WALKING ON STREET 1.44 7. (SOUNDBITE) (English) ZANU-PF SUPPORTER BRIAN SAYING: "Tony Blair? We'll just tell him we won the elections. Those were anti-Blair elections, so we won the elections." 1.55 8. GV: VIEW OF STREET 2.02 Initials Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved
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- Location: HARARE, ZIMBABWE
- Country: Zimbabwe
- Reuters ID: LVA4UHDDMNKE80VF621ZABPAUSAK
- Story Text: Mugabe party scores overwhelming win in Zimbabwe
President Robert Mugabe's party scored an
overwhelming win in Zimbabwe's parliamentary elections on
Saturday (April 2), taking the two-thirds majority it needs
to ram through constitutional changes at will.
The opposition Movement for Democratic Change (MDC)
rejected the result and joined Western governments in
denouncing the vote as a fraud, saying Mugabe had stolen
his third election in five years.
Police warned the opposition they would crush any
violent reaction to Mugabe's victory. With all but five of
120 constituencies reporting, Mugabe's ZANU-PF party won 74
seats against 40 for the MDC. One independent, purged
former Information Minister Jonathan Moyo, was also
Mugabe, who has ruled for 25 years, by law will appoint
30 additional members of the 150-seat legislature, boosting
The MDC, once seen as the most potent challenge to
Mugabe since independence from Britain in 1980, was
expected to post a net loss of as many as 10 seats.
MDC voters in Harare appeared dejected and weary as the
results became known.
"The results are not very pleasing - at least what I
expected is not what's coming out," said one MCD suuporter
who wanted to be known as 'Tim.'
"I was of the opinion that MDC would become
victorious, at least in the election. It would have brought
the sort of hope for a better, brighter future, especially
for young people like myself."
And some ZANU supporters said they would not have voted
for ZANU if there had been an opposition that had not been
as discredited as the MDC.
The MDC has been vilified in Zimbabwe's government
media since coming close to winning the last round of
elections, in 2005.
The independent media in Zimbabwe has mostly been
Mugabe blames his Western critics for sabotaging the
economy and had demanded an overwhelming ZANU-PF victory to
see off the challenge from the MDC, which he pillories as a
The MDC says the electoral process favoured ZANU-PF and
the 5.78 million-strong voting roll was inflated with 1
million "ghost voters". It also questioned why tens of
thousands of people were turned away from polling stations.
Regional observers from the Southern African
Development Community (SADC), who had been expected to give
the poll a clean bill of health, expressed concerns over
the thwarted voters.
81-year-old Mugabe, whose been in power since
independence from Britain in 1980, has dismissed criticism
of the election, which he said was as free and fair as any
in the world.
Analysts say the party could use its majority to push
through constitutional changes to protect Mugabe from the
kind of prosecutions that have plagued other African
leaders when they stepped down. Mugabe is due to retire in
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