Zimbabwe’s election day inspires fear

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Zimbabwe’s President Mugabe cast his vote this morning and told reporters he was feeling good. Today’s turnout is reported to be much lower than the first round of elections in March when the opposition candidate won more votes than Mugabe. The opposition leader called today’s vote a sham. Some election observers say militias loyal to Mugabe were going door to door forcing people to vote and that Mugabe supporters who recording who the people voted for. The government called these assertions blatant lies. One Zimbabwean man says he faced intimidation and threats of death if he didn’t vote for Zanu PF, Mugabe’s party. This opposition member said people shouldn’t risk their lives to make a political statement. The EU dismissed the vote as a sham, and Condoleezza Rice did the same.

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