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Opposition, monitors call Zimbabwe vote flawed
Posted: Saturday, April 2, 2005

Under international pressure to produce a credible result, Mugabe's government and party stanched the bloodletting that has marred previous elections in this southern African country. For the first time in years, Tsvangirai's party, Movement for Democratic Change, was able to campaign openly.

Mugabe was confident the gamble would pay off, saying he was "entirely, completely, totally optimistic" of victory for his Zimbabwe African National Union-Patriotic Front. He said he voted only to increase the margin of the win.

However, encouraged by the drop in violence, Tsvangirai held out hope his party could muster enough support to claim Parliament.
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