Monday, April 14, 2008

Zimbabwe court rejects opposition demand

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HARARE, Zimbabwe - Zimbabwe's High Court rejected an opposition demand Monday for the immediate release of long-delayed election results, prolonging a political crisis that has paralyzed this southern African nation for more than two weeks.

An opposition spokesman said the party would stage a nationwide "stay-away" from work on Tuesday.

The main opposition leader, Morgan Tsvangirai, says he won the March 29 election outright, and has accused President Robert Mugabe of holding back the results so he can orchestrate a runoff and ensure his 28-year grip on power.

Tsvangirai's Movement for Democratic Change had hoped that the court — though stacked with Mugabe loyalists — would force the election commission to release the results.


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