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S. Africa keen next week's election in Zimbabwe fairly reflect the people's wishes.

PRETORIA, Ramadan 15, 1434, Jul 24, 2013, SPA -- With a big vested interest in the stability of Zimbabwe, South Africa is keen that next week's election in its northern neighbour should fairly reflect the people's wishes, Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe said on Wednesday, according to Reuters.

Hundreds of thousands of refugees fled into South Africa after violence in the last election, in 2008, landing it with an expensive humanitarian crisis. But since it helped to broker a unity government, the economy has been recovering, creating opportunities for South African business.

However, preparations for the July 31 elections have been far from smooth, with President Robert Mugabe's rivals in the Movement for Democratic Change alleging that his ZANU-PF party is making it hard for their voters to register. Washington has said it is not convinced the vote will be free and fair.

-- SPA 21:05 LOCAL TIME 18:05 GMT

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