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Thursday, April 3, 2008
By Dr. Steven Taylor

Via the BBC (Mugabe ‘ready to face fresh vote’) we find that Mugabe’s party has lost control of the parliament and that Mugabe is ready to face Tsvangirai in a run-off.

In regards to the legislature:

Official results from the parliamentary election, published by the Zimbabwe Election Commission on Wednesday, gave Mr Mugabe’s party the lead in terms of the popular vote - 45.9% to 42.8% for the main opposition Movement for Democratic Change (MDC).

But the MDC won a majority of seats, displacing Zanu-PF, final official results show.

The MDC took 99 seats, while Mr Mugabe’s party polled 97.

On the presidential side:

With presidential election results still awaited, the MDC said on Wednesday that its leader had won, though Zanu-PF denied this.

The MDC released its own results to back up its claim of victory in the presidential poll, saying Mr Tsvangirai had won 50.3% of the vote to Mr Mugabe’s 43.8%, so avoiding a second round of voting.

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3 Comments

  1. Hmmm, my math skills might be a bit rusty, but it does not seem that 99/210 is a majority.

    Comment by MSS — Thursday, April 3, 2008 @ 12:20 pm

  2. One assumes (and perhaps incorrectly, as I am not sure what caused the break-away) that the MDC and the MDC splinter party would form a coalition against Zanu-PF.

    I have tried to avoid stating that the MDC has a majority, although the BBC keeps counting the MDC and the breakaway faction as one parliamentary group.

    Do you have any idea about the likely caucusing behavior of the MDC breakways?

    Comment by Dr. Steven Taylor — Thursday, April 3, 2008 @ 12:25 pm

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