Free Zimbabwe elections 'impossible,' says UN
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The UN Security Council has unanimously agreed to declare free elections in Zimbabwe "impossible" within the violent context that has plagued the presidential campaign. (Report: A. Singh)
Pressure is mounting on Zimbabwean president Robert Mugabe, the day after his condemnation by the U.N. Security Council and calls to postpone the second round of presidential elections.
The 15 U.N. Security Council members unanimously accuse
The U.N. condemnation is the result of a compromise which was obtained after difficult negotiations. The group of countries initially wanted the text to state that, in the case where the second round was cancelled, the results of the first round would stand. However, the group, which notably includes
This stance taken by the U.N., even if it is the first vis-à-vis Zimbabwe, should not stop the government from holding elections at the given date, according to FRANCE 24 correspondent in South Africa Caroline Dumay.
The U.N. Security Council meeting came the day after the opposition chief pulled out of the presidential race, after repeated attacks against its party supporters by security services.
Following a police raid at his party’s headquarters in
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