It's official - Tsvangirai won
The poll result is finally announced - but will it be accepted?
Zimbabwe's election officials today finally did what the world has been asking them to do for weeks - they announced the official result of the presidential election. They reported that Morgan Tsvangirai, leader of the opposition MDC, beat President Mugabe with 47.9 per cent of the vote.
This result, if accepted, means a re-run of the poll, in order to produce a winner with over 50 per cent support. The MDC have consistently claimed that Tsvangirai won the original poll by more than 50 per cent, and have said they would accept no other result.
Tsvangirai himself has been quoted as saying he would agree to a re-run if the second election were overseen by the United Nations - something that Mugabe and his Zanu-PF party would dismiss out of hand.
Observers on the ground believe that, with the on-going Zanu-PF-inspired campaign of violence and murder, with Tsvangirai himself in virtual exile, and with many leading MDC activists in hiding, no new and fair election is possible.