Go Figure: Mugabe Wins in Zimbabwe
89-year-old wins another term
By John Johnson, Newser Staff
Posted Aug 3, 2013 12:07 PM CDT
Zimbabweans wait to cast their votes in Harare on Wednesday.   (AP Photo/Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi)

(Newser) – Robert Mugabe promised up and and down he'd peacefully step aside if he lost Zimbabwe's election for president. Not surprisingly, his promise won't need to be tested: Election results out today show the 89-year-old won a seventh term over Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai by a margin of 61% to 34%, reports the BBC. What's more, his Zanu-PF will control two-thirds of the seats in Parliament and thus have a free hand to change the constitution as it sees fit, reports AP. Tsvangirai has already called the vote a farce and promised to challenge the results in court.

Zimbabwean writer Petina Gappah agrees with Tsvangirai in a column at the Telegraph, though she doesn't hold out much hope the results will be overturned. She does, however, see one silver lining in the form of the nation's new term limits. "Come what may, there will be no President Mugabe of Zimbabwe in 2023," she writes. "Now that is something to look forward to."

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Aug 4, 2013 1:01 PM CDT
Mugabe taking a page out of the Democrats playbook
Aug 4, 2013 6:01 AM CDT
Amazing the lack of respect for the democratic process from certain members of the 'shinning example' of democracy herself....America. How many election's have been stolen (or, 'mis-directed') in America over the last 35 years? Anyone care to discuss? Oh, oops, here's a novel idea, what if this vote in this election has been the only TRUE vote-- in the entire world--- in history-- would that secure any less believability? In this instance, it's not 'morality' that reigns supreme, it's hypocracy. Dam*n shame.
Aug 4, 2013 5:57 AM CDT
Amazing how easy it is to win a 'free and fair' election with 108000 people over the age of 100 registered as Zanu-PF members. Helps too when the Zanu-PF voter registration included plus 250000 members who are listed twice - same names, same addresses but allowed to vote twice. Cool for Bob and the AU. African democracy at its best.