Zimbabwe held its presidential election yesterday. Opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai reportedly polled very strongly against longtime president Robert Mugabe.
But the Zimbabwean government has not released the election results yet. Does this mean the fix is in for Mugabe?
From the U.S. government’s Voice of America website:
“The U.S. embassy released a statement warning American citizens in Zimbabwe that a ‘volatile situation’ was developing in the wake of the elections ‘with the possibility of violence across Zimbabwe’ through Sunday night into Monday. It advised American citizens to ‘move to a safe location until the Embassy provides further information.’
“U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, in the Mideast, said Mr. Mugabe was a ‘disgrace’ to his people and Africa, voicing concern on whether the elections could be determined to have been free and fair given the scarcity of international observers.”
UPDATE (03/30/08): It’s already Monday morning in Southern Africa. And via the magic of the internets, I’m listening to Johannesburg’s Talk Radio 702. Figure they’ll have some news from South Africa’s neighbor to the north.
As of right now, they don’t. But a news reader reports the obvious, based on the front pages of South African newspapers: The Zimbabwe election is “the overwhelming big story of the day.”
It is so wild to be listening to a radio station on the other side of the planet!