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Voting begins in Zimbabwe
Posted: Friday, June 27, 2008

by Floyd Nkomo
June 27, 2008

VOTING has started in Zimbabwe in a presidential run-off election despite the withdrawal of the opposition Movement for Democratic Change party's leader Morgan Tsvangirai and calls to postpone the election which the ruling party defied.

Opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai, who officially withdrew from the run-off on Tuesday citing mounting violence and intimidation and called on MDC supporters not to vote.

Reports from Harare, the capital say voting began shortly after 0500 GMT and turnout was low at many polling stations. Polling is scheduled to end at 1700 GMT.

The Associated Press reported that in the capital's high-density Mbare suburb, lines built up at polling stations as voters arrived in groups.

The news agency quoted a voter, Livingstone Gwaze, who said he had voted for President Mugabe as saying: "Things will get better. There is darkness before light," he said.

Approximately 5.9 million Zimbabweans are entitled to cast their ballots, overseen by African but not Western monitors.
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