Thursday, April 24, 2008

U.S. Envoy Says Tsvangirai Won Zimbabwe Election

Jendayi Frazer, the Assistant Secretary of State for Africa, told reporters in South Africa she believed Morgan Tsvangirai won last month's presidential election. "The most credible results we have today are a clear victory for Morgan Tsvangirai in the first round and maybe a total victory." Frazer also said there should be change and that she supported the international arms embargo initiated by British Prime Minister Gordon Brown. It should be noted though that Frazer also believes there might very well be a negotiated settlement between Mugabe and Tsvangirai. Yet here's somebody from the State Department willing to speak her mind. I'm sure State Department Sean McCormack must be losing his mind. In January, Frazer was sent to Kenya by President Bush to mediate between Kenyan President Mwai Kibaki and opposition leader Raila Odinga. She described the post-election violence in Kenya as "ethnic cleansing". McCormack publicly said that he agreed to disagree with Frazer's sentiments. I await McCormack daily press conference tomorrow. He must be thanking G-d it will be on Friday. Still, I like her chutzpah.

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