Mugabe Declares Victory

But global leaders slam uncontested election
By Matt Cantor,  Newser User
Posted Jun 29, 2008 7:15 AM CDT
Results of the elections are pasted outside a polling station in Harare, Zimbabwe, Saturday, June 28, 2008, a day after a presidential runoff was held in the country.    (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe has proudly claimed victory in a run-off vote in which he was the only candidate, CNN reports. Preparations were underway for a swearing-in ceremony, with invitations sent out hours after his declaration. But a party spokesman said the ceremony wouldn’t be held until after the official results are announced at some point today.

President Bush and other members of the international community called the election a sham. “There was a high level of intimidation, violence, displacement of people, abduction and loss of lives,” said an official from Swaziland, while Kenya’s prime minister called for African Union troops to be dispatched to Zimbabwe. “A government of national unity, as far as we're concerned, is history,” said an opposition official.