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MDC to ask court to order the release of election results

Broadcast: 05/04/2008

Reporter: Peter Cave

The Zimbabwe Opposition has announced it will appeal to the High Court to order the immediate
release of the results of last weekend's Presidential election.


VIRGINIA TRIOLI, PRESENTER: The Zimbabwe Opposition, the Movement for Democratic Change, has
announced it will appeal to the High Court to order the immediate release of the results of last
weekend's Presidential election.

The MDC claims their candidate, Morgan Tsvangirai, won the contest with slightly more than 50 per
cent of the vote, but there's been no official announcement.

The leadership of the ruling Zanu-PF party is currently locked in a meeting to determine whether
President Robert Mugabe will contest any run-off poll. And there was no clue from the man himself
when he appeared briefly in public yesterday.

Foreign affairs editor, Peter Cave, reports from Johannesburg.

PETER CAVE, REPORTER: It was the first time Robert Mugabe's been seen in public since the election
that could bring about his downfall. He met observers from the African union, but didn't sound like
a man ready to step aside.

ROBERT MUGABE, ZIMBABWE PRESIDENT: We don't believe in any cheating. But the other side, lots of

PETER CAVE: Mr Mugabe has lost control of Parliament. Now everybody is waiting for the result of
the Presidential poll and the Mugabe camp is already laying the groundwork for a run-off election.

BRIGHT MATONGA, ZANU-PF PARTY: We're very confident that we have got the numbers when it comes to a
re-run. We are ready for that second round and we are confident that President Mugabe will win this

PETER CAVE: The Opposition MDC has already claimed victory for leader, Morgan Tsvangirai, but says
it won't stand in the way of a second round. South Africa's President has broken his silence,
urging all parties to respect the official results.

THABO MBEKI, SOUTH AFRICAN PRESIDENT: If indeed Morgan Tsvangirai has been elected in terms of the
electoral law and so on, then that's fine. If there's to be a run-off, that's fine.

PETER CAVE: Back in an obviously tense Harare, police have detained two foreign journalists in a
raid on a hotel, including one from the New York Times and Morgan Tsvangirai has reportedly gone
into hiding. Most Zimbabweans, though, can only wait and worry about their future in

a country where food is scarce, inflation is beyond comprehension.

ZIMBABWEAN CITIZEN: If Tsvangirai loses this election and we continue with the current Government,
life will come to a standstill.

PETER CAVE: Mr Mugabe and his top lieutenants will hold a critical meeting today to plot his next
move, but the Government insists the President is in no mood to concede defeat.

Peter Cave, Lateline.