The result of a partial recount of last month’s disputed elections in Zimbabwe has been delayed. The recount by electoral officials, in 23 out of 210 seats, has already began on Saturday and would take three days.
Led by Morgan Tsvangirai (left photo), the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) opposition claims it beat Robert Mugabe’s (right photo) Zanu-PF outright, and say the recount is illegal.
A labour group said it believed a Chinese arms ship, bound for Zimbabwe, may be heading to Angola. It left South Africa last week, where dock workers refused to unload its cargo, amid fears that President Mugabe has ordered the weapons to crush the opposition.
The election recount could overturn the MDC’s newly won parliamentary majority and trigger a run-off vote. The party accuses the government of having tampered with ballot boxes.
The MDC says Zimbabwe is like a “war zone” because of violence against opposition supporters. According to the party, thousands of people have been displaced, hundreds injured and 10 killed in post-election bloodshed. But the government denies the claims.
There is no news of when the results of the presidential contest will be released.