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ELEANOR HALL: Zimbabweans will vote today in a one-sided presidential run-off poll that's been
widely condemned around the world. But the incumbent, President Robert Mugabe, has remained
defiant.

In his final campaign rally, Mr Mugabe made it clear that he wants to continue as president of the
country he's led since its independence from Britain in 1980.

He did say he'd be willing to talk to the Opposition, but only after he'd won a sixth term.

As for the Opposition leader, Morgan Tsvangirai, he has denied he wants military intervention in
his country, saying instead that he's prepared to sit and wait for Mr Mugabe to self destruct.

This report from our foreign affairs editor, Peter Cave, in South Africa.

PETER CAVE: The 84-year-old dictator was speaking at an election rally on the outskirts of the
capital, Harare. He said, "Should we emerge victorious, which I believe we will, we won't be
arrogant, we will be magnanimous and say "Let's sit back and talk".

ROBERT MUGABE: We will remain open to discussion if there are any proposals that the other parties
would want to make to us, in good spirit we will listen to those proposals, discuss them with them.

PETER CAVE: Mr Mugabe was on a fairly safe bet in predicting his own victory because he's the only
candidate. Despite the fact that Morgan Tsvangirai's name will be on the ballot papers, he's asked
his supporters not to vote.

MORGAN TSVANGIRAI: The military has been deployed in the rural areas, the traditional leaders will
be used to make sure that all their subjects go and vote. So there could be a massive turn out, not
because of the will of the people but because of the role of the military and the role of
traditional leaders.

PETER CAVE: Not that he's worried about that.

MORGAN TSVANGIRAI: And they even watch what's done to you, they're even worse than Mugabe. What
does that change? Even if he gets 90 per cent he's no different from Saddam Hussein, 99.9 per cent.

PETER CAVE: Morgan Tsvangirai speaking to the BBC World Service. Earlier this week London's
Guardian newspaper ran a by-lined article by Mr Tsvangirai, calling for an armed intervention by
the outside world.

The story was picked up by news wires and news organisation around the world, including this one.
But now Mr Tsvangirai says he did not write the Guardian article.

MORGAN TSVANGIRAI: And I think the Guardian should have checked with me. I did not submit that
by-line. I would never call for military intervention. I find violence abhorrent and I don't
believe that is the solution.

PETER CAVE: Mr Tsvangirai says if necessary he's prepared to simply sit and wait for Mr Mugabe to
self destruct.

MORGAN TSVANGIRAI: You have to deal with two million per cent inflation; you don't have to deal
with four million, five million people who are hungry. You don't have to deal with 90 per cent of
the people who are unemployed. You don't have to deal with the Zimbabweans, four million of who
have run away from his country.

PETER CAVE: But he believes there is a diplomatic solution through the Southern Africa Development
Community and the African Union.

MORGAN TSVANGIRAI: The solution lies in diplomatic pressure with inside that, within the AU, on
this regime to put pressure on it and isolate it and pressurise it so that it can come to the
negotiating table.

PETER CAVE: Mr Mugabe had a few words for his African neighbours at his final campaign rallies. He
said he would be attending the meeting of the African Union in Egypt on Sunday, but that no
solutions would be imposed on Zimbabwe from the outside. He said his African brothers were pushing
him to violate Zimbabwe's own laws. He refused to do so. And he threw out a direct challenge. "I
want to see any country," he said, "which will raise its finger in the AU to vote for an attack on
Zimbabwe."

ELEANOR HALL: Foreign affairs editor, Peter Cave, with that report.