Thursday, April 10, 2008

Mugabe, Tsvangirai to Face Off at Summit in Zambia

Both Zimbabwean dictator Robert Mugabe and opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai will be in attendance at a summit of the Southern African Development Community in Zambia on Saturday. Zambia's President Levy Mwanawasa is the one African leader who has been publicly critical of Mugabe. Last year, Mwanawasa referred to Zimbabwe's economy like a "sinking Titanic". Nonetheless, at the last SADC meeting in Zambia in August 2007, Mugabe received a standing ovation. It will not be a good sign f he receives another standing ovation this weekend unless Tsvangirai receives one as well. For Tsvangirai's part, the MDC has said they would boycott a runoff election as they believe Tsvangirai received more than 50% of the vote and that this accounts for the delay in the announcement of the election results.

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