Mbeki set to hold talks with Mugabe
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South African President Thabo Mbeki meets with his Zimbabwean counterpart, Robert Mugabe, amid mounting criticism over Mbeki's reticence to intervene in the Zimbabwean election crisis. (Report: N. Germain).
Zuma, who has taken a much tougher line on
"I think we'll be lucky if we have a free election," Zuma told Reuters. When asked if he thought the vote would be fair, Zuma replied "I don't think so."
Mugabe faces opposition challenger Morgan Tsvangirai in the vote next week and the veteran president's supporters have been accused by the opposition, Western countries and human rights groups of a campaign of violence. Mugabe blames his opponents.
Mbeki has led regional mediation efforts in
The South African president would meet Mugabe in
Mbeki arrived in the capital
Zuma, who defeated Mbeki for the African National Congress leadership last December, has been much more outspoken than the president.
Mugabe, 84, has ruled since independence from
U.N. food agencies said on Wednesday that more than 5 million people in
The food agency report released on Wednesday urged the government of
Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) leader Tsvangirai won a first round of voting in March, but without enough votes to secure an outright victory, official results showed.
The MDC leader has been repeatedly detained and released during the election campaign and one of his top lieutenants has been arrested and faces a treason charge.
Former U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan, writing in
"...there is no doubt that what we are seeing in
"If the government...cannot ensure a fair vote,
"The victor of an unfair vote must be under no illusions: he will neither have the legitimacy to govern, nor receive the support of the international community," Annan said.
British Prime Minister Brown told parliament he had spoken on Sunday to Zuma, "and he supported the idea that there would be 1,000 monitors from the ANC party offered to
"It is unfortunate that violence has come up in this manner. Instead of focusing on the smoothness of the electoral process like what happened in March, violence has taken over," he told reporters.
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