Opposition Holds Gains in Zimbabwe Recount

Overturned results now look unlikely
By Matt Cantor,  Newser User
Posted Apr 26, 2008 8:40 AM CDT
A Zimbabwean police officer guards ballot boxes stacked in a corridor at a command center in Murombedzi, about 100 kms west of Harare, Zimbabwe Saturday April 19, 2008.    (AP Photo/Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi)
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(Newser) – With recounts confirming results on seven more seats today, Zimbabwe’s opposition party seems less and less at risk of losing the new majority gained in parliamentary elections last month, the BBC reports. Ten seats remain in the recount, and Robert Mugabe’s Zanu-PF needs nine to regain power in the country’s lower house.

After 4 weeks, presidential election returns still haven’t been released. US envoy Jendayi Frazier says government intimidation has now rendered a run-off presidential vote impossible; the only way forward now, she said, would be an inclusive regime led by opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai.