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President Mugabe declared winner in Zimbabwe

Robert Mugabe, 89, has been Zimbabwe’s president since 1980.

Robert Mugabe, 89, has been Zimbabwe’s president since 1980.

HARARE, Zimbabwe — Robert Mugabe, who has led Zimbabwe since it threw off white rule in 1980, won another term as president with 61 percent of the vote, the Zimbabwe Election Commission said Saturday.

The results were announced moments after Mugabe's main challenger in Wednesday's election, Morgan Tsvangirai, denounced the voting, saying it had been rigged. Tsvangirai won 33 percent of the vote, the election commission said.

Mugabe's party also won more than two-thirds of the seats in parliament, giving it a supermajority that can make changes to the constitution without the support of any other parties, including Tsvangirai's Movement for Democratic Change. It was a stunning comeback for Mugabe, 89, and the culmination of missteps that have left Tsvangirai's party, the most credible threat to Mugabe, with less than a third of the seats in parliament and few options to contest the election results.

Tsvangirai, 61, who had been prime minister in a tense power-sharing deal with Mugabe, responded angrily. He demanded that a new election be held so that Zimbabweans could "freely and fairly elect a government of their choice," a step that a spokesman for Mugabe's party, ZANU-PF, quickly rejected.

President Mugabe declared winner in Zimbabwe 08/03/13 [Last modified: Saturday, August 3, 2013 10:56pm]
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