Mugabe Demands Recount After Rival's Dire Warning

Zimbabwe's political situation edges toward a violent confrontation
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 5, 2008 9:42 PM CDT
Morgan Tsvangirai, leader of the main opposition Movement for Democratic Change party addresses a press conference in Harare, Saturday, April, 5, 2008.    (AP Photo/Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi)
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(Newser) – Robert Mugabe's party demanded that Zimbabwe's top court delay tomorrow's announcement of election results and demanded a recount, Reuters reports. The move came hours after opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai claimed an outright victory and warned that Mugabe was getting ready to wage a "war on the people" to stay in power.

Mugabe's Zanu-PF party claimed "errors and miscalcalcuations" in the vote count, the state newspaper reported. It asked the court to audit all ballots. Zanu-PF also said that Mugabe had rejected an offer from Tsvangirai to form a unity government. Earlier, Tsvangirai insisted he won and denied the need for a runoff election.