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South African president congratulates Robert Mugabe

The president of South Africa has congratulated Zimbabwean leader Robert Mugabe on his re-election.

Jacob Zuma's approval is in sharp contrast to Western governments which questioned the credibility of a rushed, disputed vote.

South Africa's President Jacob Zuma (L) and Zimbawe's President Robert Mugabe in 2010. Credit: Reuters/Philimon Bulawayo

African monitors broadly approved the conduct of the Zimbabwe election, but Mugabe's main rival, Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) leader Morgan Tsvangirai, has said he will challenge the results in court with evidence of massive vote-rigging, irregularities and intimidation.

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Zimbabwe newspaper report: 'Mugabe romps to victory'

One of Zimbabwe's leading Sunday newspapers has reported that President Mugabe "romped" to victory in the country's election.

The Sunday Mail is part of a group of newspapers owned by the government and has been criticised by the opposition for its support of Zanu-PF.

The Sunday Mail is part of a group of newspapers owned by the government and has been critised by the opposition for its support of Zanu-PF. Credit: Sunday Mail

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Kerry: Zimbabwe poll results 'not will of the people'

by - Africa Correspondent
Zimbabwe's poll results do not represent the will of its people, Kerry said. Credit: REUTERS/Mandel Ngan/Pool

US Secretary of State John Kerry says the United States does not believe that the Zimbabwean election results announced today "represent a credible expression of the will" of its people.

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Hague 'concerns over conduct' of Zimbabwe election

Foreign Secretary William Hague commended the people of Zimbabwe for holding peaceful presidential polls, but voiced "grave concerns" about the conduct of the election, which delivered Robert Mugabe a further term in power.

People around the world are watching events in Zimbabwe, following the announcement by the Zimbabwean Electoral Commission that President Mugabe has won the presidential elections, as well as the indications of possible legal challenges.

I commend the people of Zimbabwe on holding peaceful elections. However we have grave concerns over the conduct of the election.

The preliminary statements of the African Union (AU) and Southern African Development Community (SADC) observation missions, and those of the domestic observer groups, have outlined many of these significant concerns, and I hope that their final assessments of the elections will take into account the full impact of these irregularities on the outcome.

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