Zimbabwe’s opposition leader has agreed to stand in an election run-off, but the government has rejected his conditions for taking part.
Morgan Tsvangirai wants international observers and media present during the vote. “We must fulfil the dreams of our people, who have been betrayed and traumatized since March 29,” he said. “The MDC, therefore, has decided that we will contest the run-off, and the people will finally prevail.”
Yesterday, the South African leader Thabo Mbeki arrived in the Zimbabwean capital Harare, and was welcomed by President Robert Mugabe. Tsvangirai has called for Mbeki to step down as mediator in Zimbabwe’s political crisis. He says Mbeki is biased towards Mugabe.
According to official results, Tsvangirai beat Mugabe in the first vote, but not by enough to win outright. Tsvangirai claims the outcome was rigged. Mugabe’s party has been accused of launching a campaign of violence since the election to ensure victory for the president in a run-off.