Polls open in Zimbabwe’s tense presidential vote
HARARE, Jul 31 – Zimbabweans began casting ballots on Wednesday in a fiercely contested election dominated by Robert Mugabe’s bid to extend his 33-year rule and overshadowed by suspicions of vote rigging. The 89-year-old president, Africa’s oldest leader, is running for election for the seventh and perhaps final time, after a series of violent crackdowns, economic crises and suspect elections. This time Mugabe vowed to step down if he lost and claimed the army – long the bulwark of his rule – would also respect any victory for Morgan Tsvangirai, his perennial rival.
Voting appeared to be brisk in many urban areas, which have traditionally recorded strong support for Tsvangirai. At polling stations set up in green tents on an open field in Mbare, the capital’s oldest township, several hundreds were standing in line.... Read the full, comprehensive news article and discuss at CapitalFM