Wednesday, April 2, 2008

Mugabe Party's Loses Zimbabwean Parliament

CNN is reporting the Zimbabwean Electoral Commission has announced that Robert Mugabe's Zimabwean National Union-Patriotic Front (ZANU-PF) has lost its majority in Parliament. They have not announced the results of the Presidential election although speculation is that Mugabe is losing there too. Morgan Tsvangirai reportedly doesn't have 50% of the vote which will force a run off on April 19th. That is, unless, Mbeki or some other African leader offers Mugabe a place to retire. This might be the best way for him to save face. Yes, I believe he should be held to account for what he has done. On the other hand, losing absolute power might very well be punishment enough. Of course, Mugabe has been in power for 28 years and there is always a possibility he could try to quash the results but his legitimacy is beyond tatters. If Mugabe clutches to power there will be bloodshed. The best thing he could do to prevent that violence is to leave. I wonder though if Mugabe's pride has been so wounded that he won't bother to contest the run off and then run off out of Zimbabwe.

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