Mugabe Didn't Win: Brown

British PM says 'stolen election would not be an election at all' in Zimbabwe
By Nick McMaster,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 16, 2008 1:35 PM CDT
Britain's Prime Minister Gordon Brown, center, walks with South African President Thabo Mbeki before a Security Council meeting, April 16, 2008 at United Nations headquarters in New York.   (AP Photo/Stephen Chernin)
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(Newser) – Gordon Brown said today Robert Mugabe lost Zimbabwe’s March 29 election, implying that Mugabe means to change the results while delaying their release, the Guardian reports. "No one thinks, having seen the result at the polling stations, that President Mugabe has won. … A stolen election would not be an election at all," Britain's prime minister told the UN Security Council.

Brown's appearance came as the Council discusses its next move on Zimbabwe, with Secretary General Ban Ki-moon pushing for a bigger UN role. "The situation could deteriorate further with serious implications for the people of Zimbabwe," Ban said. "If there is a second run of elections they must be conducted in a fair and transparent manner with international observers."