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World leaders say they will reject outcome of Zimbabwe election, but Mugabe stays defiant

International rejection of tomorrow's presidential run-off in Zimbabwe is mounting even before it is held, with the US, France and other nations saying they will not recognise the result.

Southern African countries called for a postponement of the poll, saying the outcome will not be credible because of political violence, at the end an emergency summit in Swaziland.

But divisions in the region were laid bare when South Africa's president, Thabo Mbeki Thabo Mvuyelwa Mbeki (born June 18 1942) is the current President of the Republic of South Africa.<ref name="gcis-profile2004" /> Early years
Born and raised in what is now the Eastern Cape province of South Africa, Mbeki is the son of Govan Mbeki (1910
 declined to attend. Nonetheless, a growing number of African leaders have criticised the state-orchestrated violence against Mugabe's opponents and said the election will not be free.

US president George Bush last night called the run-off a "sham". His assistant secretary of state for Africa, Jendayi Frazer Jendayi E. Frazer is the U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs, heading the Bureau of African Affairs. Before taking on her current job, Frazer was Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director for African affairs on the National Security Council and the , said Washington will not recognise the outcome of Friday's ballot. "People were being beaten and losing their lives just to exercise their right to vote for their leadership, so we cannot, under these conditions, recognise the outcome if, in fact, this runoff Runoff

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 goes forward."

France yesterday took a similar position, while Gordon Brown told the Commons that Britain would stand alongside African leaders who do not accept the legitimacy of the regime and the "criminal cabal" surrounding Mugabe.

"We want to see a peaceful transition as soon as possible. If we look back at the elections that did take place, it was clear Mugabe had lost those elections," the prime minister said.

Brown said the government was preparing intensified financial and travel restrictions against named members of the Zimbabwe administration. But Mugabe remained defiant, saying that tomorrow's election would go ahead.

The opposition Movement for Democratic Change leader, Morgan Tsvangirai Morgan Tsvangirai (IPA: /ˈmɔ(r)gən ˌtsvaŋgiˈra.i/) (the 's' and the 'v' are coärticulated) born March 10, 1952) is a Trade unionist,Human rights activist, Democrat and President of the mainstream , who pulled out of the ballot this week owing to owing to
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 the systematic violence against his supporters, briefly left his refuge inside the Dutch embassy in Harare yesterday to call for African leaders to oversee a transitional administration in Zimbabwe until genuine democracy can be established.

He called on the continent's leaders, meeting at an African Union African Union (AU), international organization established in 2002 by the nations of the former Organization of African Unity (OAU). The AU is the successor organization to the OAU, with greater powers to promote African economic, social, and political integration,  summit in Egypt next week, to intervene in place of "talks, and talks about talks, that have been largely fruitless fruit·less  
1. Producing no fruit.

2. Unproductive of success: a fruitless search. See Synonyms at futile.
 for several years".

"The time for action is now. The people and the country can wait no longer. We need to show leadership. What is important is that both parties must realise the country is burning, and the only way is to sit down and find a way out of it."

Tsvangirai declined to discuss details of such a government, saying they should be sorted out through negotiations.

"The election is not a solution," he said. "What is a solution is some sort of transitional process to address the critical issues facing the country. We are making proposals Mugabe has to accept."

Asked if his party had had contacts with the ruling Zanu-PF about the transition, Tsvangirai said: "Everyone is searching for a solution, including Zanu-PF."

He warned that the MDC (1) (Mobile Daughter Card) See riser card.

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 would not have dealings with the government that emerges from Friday's election - although that did not rule out bilateral talks with the ruling party, the most likely route for negotiations.

Tsvangirai also said there could be no negotiations until a series of conditions were met: an end to the state-orchestrated violence, the lifting of the bar on international organisations delivering aid, the swearing-in of the new parliament - in which the MDC won a majority; and the release by the government of political prisoners including the MDC's secretary general, Tendai Biti Tendai Biti (born 6 August 1966) is the Secretary-General of the mainstream Movement for Democratic Change political party in Zimbabwe and a member of Parliament.

Biti was born in Harare on the 6 of August 1966 and attended the University of Zimbabwe law school.

In a statement to the Zimbabwe Times he added: We are proposing that the African Union facilitation Facilitation

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 team, comprising eminent Africans, set up a transitional period which takes into account the will of the people of Zimbabwe .

"The AU team would lead in the constituting and character of the transitional period. The transitional period would allow the country to heal. As the MDC, we have always said we will be magnanimous mag·nan·i·mous  
1. Courageously noble in mind and heart.

2. Generous in forgiving; eschewing resentment or revenge; unselfish.
 in our victory. Honest dialogue among Zimbabweans is the only way forward. The MDC is a people's project; we value our county and our people.

The region's Roman Catholic bishops entered into the crisis yesterday saying that God's judgment awaits Mugabe, who is a Catholic, and his party.

"We warn that the atrocities and barbarism bar·ba·rism  
1. An act, trait, or custom characterized by ignorance or crudity.

a. The use of words, forms, or expressions considered incorrect or unacceptable.

 of Zanu-PF are being documented. Mr Mugabe's actions and those of his generals, their wives, his thugs supporters and the so-called 'war veterans' are offensive in the eyes of God. Judgment awaits," the Southern African catholic bishops' conference said in a statement.

Last week, Mugabe said that only God could remove him from power.
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