Zimbabwe's Tsvangirai says no Chance of Fair Vote

Created: 2013-07-08 16:57 EST


Current Zimbabwean prime minister and opposition leader, Morgan Tsvangirai, on Sunday said he had no reason to believe that the coming national election would not be rigged.

Elections are confirmed for July 31.
At an election rally in Marondera, Tsvangirai spoke to the thousands of youth members of his Movement for Democratic Change party.
[Morgan Tsvangirai, MDC Leader]:
"We are faced with an election without reforms and against a leopard that has remained faithful to its spots, but our faith in God and our collective desire for real transformation will make us triumph over the setbacks we have experienced." 
The July 31 contest is Tsvangirai's third attempt to unseat Mugabe, the 89-year-old veteran who has ruled since independence from Britain in 1980.
The two were forced into a power sharing deal after the last, disputed polls in 2008 that lead to deadly violence.
[Morgan Tsvangirai, MDC Leader]:
"Mugabe and the ZANU PF think that they will win it, but in the face of un-free and unfair conditions I don't think the forthcoming election will be legitimate. It doesn't matter who wins." 
Another contested result could interrupt impoverished Zimbabwe's recovery from a decade of economic decline that has prompted hundreds of thousands to flee the country.
[MDC Supporter]:
"In this forthcoming election we are expecting our rights to be respected. We are expecting more jobs, more health facilities; we are expecting our lives to be uplifted."
Mugabe, Africa's oldest leader at age 89, launched his election campaign on Friday in a bid to extend his 33 years in power despite worries over his health and age.