Concern over Mugabe vote win

Robert Mugabe has been declared the winner of Zimbabwe's election amid international concern over the conduct of the poll that secured his re-election.

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African Union 'wants more details on Zimbabwe polls'

The African Union has said it is reserving judgement on whether Zimbabwe's elections were systemically flawed until further details of the disputed vote are clarified.

The head of the AU's observer mission, Olusegun Obasanjo said that voting was peaceful, and that "could have been avoided and even tended to have breached the law."

The mission is asking authorities to investigate reports that large numbers of eligible voters were turned away from polling stations on Wednesday.

Read: African Union hail 'honest and credible' Zimbabwe polls

African Union hail 'honest and credible' Zimbabwe polls

The head of the African Union observer mission in Zimbabwe has said the elections were "free, honest and credible," the BBC reports.

Olunsegun Obasanjo said the incidents reported during Wednesday's poll, including allegations of widespread fraud and thousands of voters being turned away during polling, could not "change the outcome."

Read: Tsvangirai brands Zimbabwe elections 'a huge fraud'

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Zimbabwean newspaper praises 'world revered' Mugabe

by - Africa Correspondent
The Herald newspaper is owned by the government and has been critised by the opposition for its support of Zanu-PF Credit: Reuters

Zimbabwe's Herald has called for Zimbabwe's Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai to step down.

"You must show grace in defeat, Mr Tsvangirai, [...] Robert Mugabe is "a man revered worldwide.

"We would have thought that time spent with Mugabe (during) Cabinet [...] would have made you learn one or two things. "

Read: Tsvangirai brands Zimbabwe elections 'a huge farce'

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Zimbabwe poll results could be announced 'in minutes'

by Neil Connery - ITV News Correspondent
Results are posted outside a polling station in Mbare. Credit: ITV News/Andy Rex

Government sources tell me the election results could be announced in a matter of minutes by Zimbabwe Election Commission.

But the Zimbabwe Election Commission is saying results will come in due course and have appealed for calm. Feverish atmosphere here.

Tsvangirai: Zimbabwe election is a 'huge farce'

Zimbabwe opposition leader has dismissed Wednesday's election as a "huge farce" and said the results were invalid because of intimidation and ballot-rigging by President Robert Mugabe's ruling party, which is claiming victory.

MDC leader Morgan Tsvangirai has branded the election a 'huge farce'. Credit: Lewis Whyld/PA Archive/Press Association Images

"This has been a huge farce," Tsvangirai told a news conference at his MDC party's headquarters in Harare. "In our view, that election is null and void."

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