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Robert Mugabe Re-elected in Disputed Zimbabwe Vote

HARARE: President Robert Mugabe won a landslide victory in Zimbabwe's disputed election, officials results showed on Saturday, as opponents vowed to challenge the poll which the US said was not "credible".
Mugabe, 89, appeared poised to extend his 33-year rule with a seventh term in office after trouncing his long-standing political rival, Morgan Tsvangirai, in Wednesday's election.

Official results showed Mugabe won 61 per cent of the presidential vote and a super-majority in parliament, routing Tsvangirai who trailed heavily with 34 per cent.

But 61-year-old Tsvangirai, who has unsuccessfully tried to unseat Mugabe three times, condemned the vote as "fraudulent and stolen".

US Secretary of State John Kerry meanwhile issued a statement Saturday describing the election as "deeply flawed".

"The United States does not believe that the results announced today represent a credible expression of the will of the Zimbabwean people," Kerry said.

Tsvangirai vowed to challenge the result in court and said his Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) would boycott government institutions.

"We will not join government," he said. "We will go to court."

"The fraudulent and stolen election has plunged Zimbabwe into a constitutional, political and economic crisis."

He defended the MDC's decision to enter into an uneasy power-sharing government with Mugabe, who has had him arrested, beaten and charged with treason.

"Our participation rescued this country. Schools had closed, hospitals had closed. We were using the Zimbabwe dollar which was worthless, there were no goods in the shops, everyone was desperate," he said.

But furious at the alleged scale of rigging this time round, Tsvangirai said the days of cohabitation were over.

The MDC now has until Wednesday to present evidence of fraud to the high court, but finding a smoking gun may prove difficult.

Tsvangirai said he would submit a dossier of "all irregularities and all the illegalities" to the influential 15-member Southern African Development Community (SADC) and called for an urgent summit.

Kerry said there had been irregularities in the provision and composition of the voters roll, adding: "The parties had unequal access to state media. The security sector did not safeguard the electoral process on an even-handed basis."

British foreign secretary William Hague added his own "grave concerns" over the conduct of the vote in the former colony.

The European Union, which had been moving toward easing long-standing sanctions, expressed concern about "incomplete participation, as well as the identified weaknesses in the electoral process and a lack of transparency".

But Emmerson Mnangagwa, defence minister and a key Mugabe lieutenant, hit back at these accusations and argued the result was a game-changer.

"The West will now have to climb down, they must find a ladder and climb down... A democratic election has taken place in Zimbabwe," he said.

Zimbabwe's neighbours have given the vote qualified approval.

The SADC, which engineered the power-sharing government, said it was "free and peaceful".

"We did not say it was fair ... we didn't want to jump to a conclusion," said top SADC election observer Bernard Membe.

However, the poll's credibility was further called into question by the resignation of one of the nine official electoral commissioners.

In a letter seen by AFP, Mkhululi Nyathi quit over "the manner" in which the polls "were proclaimed and conducted".

"While throughout the whole process I retained some measure of hope that the integrity of the whole process could be salvaged along the way, this was not to be, hence my considered decision to resign," she said.

Tsvangirai stopped short of calling his supporters onto the streets, fearing a repeat of the bloody crackdown that followed his win in the first round of 2008 polls.

And in Harare late on Saturday, there was calm, with little sign of protests or pro-Mugabe victory rallies.

"In 2008 we voted in anger, but this time we knew what we were doing, having experienced the two leaders -- we now know who has the qualities to be a leader," said barber Right Chirombe, 28.

Even before the official election results, Mugabe followers were planning how to use a parliamentary majority.

"The new constitution will need cleaning up," said justice minister Patrick Chinamasa, referring to a text overwhelmingly approved in March that introduced term limits and curbed presidential powers.

Chinamasa said Mugabe's government would also press on with controversial efforts to bring firms under black ownership.

Investors have expressed fears that may mean rolling back the power-sharing government's efforts to stabilise the economy after crippling hyperinflation and joblessness.

"It's back to extreme volatility," Iraj Abedian, the CEO of Pan African Investments, told AFP from Johannesburg.

"We can expect fairly radical positions that will have populist support, but which will have huge implications."

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Mugabe eating like a pork while his country while millions starve in Zimbabwe: The celebration costed $250,000 ($A391,570).

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Since 1998 Mugabe's policies have increasingly elicited domestic and international denunciation. They have been denounced as racist against Zimbabwe's white minority. Mugabe has described his critics as "born again colonialists", and both he and his supporters claim that Zimbabwe's problems are the legacy of imperialism, aggravated by Western economic meddling. According to The Herald, a Zimbabwean newspaper owned by the government, the UK is pursuing a policy of regime change.
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Honours and revocations
In 1994, Mugabe was appointed an honorary Knight Grand Cross in the Order of the Bath by Queen Elizabeth II. This entitled him to use the postnominal letters GCB, but not to use the title "Sir." In the United Kingdom, the House of Commons Foreign Affairs Select Committee called for the removal of this honour in 2003, and on 25 June 2008, the Queen cancelled and annulled the honorary knighthood after advice from the Foreign Secretary of the United Kingdom. "This action has been taken as a mark of revulsion at the abuse of human rights and abject disregard for the democratic process in Zimbabwe over which President Mugabe has presided".

Mugabe holds several honorary degrees and doctorates from international universities, awarded to him in the 1980s; at least three of these have since been revoked. In June 2007, he became the first international figure ever to be stripped of an honorary degree by a British university, when the University of Edinburgh withdrew the degree awarded to him in 1984.

On 12 June 2008, the University of Massachusetts Amherst Board of Trustees voted to revoke the law degree awarded to Mugabe in 1986; this is the first time one of its honorary degrees has been revoked.

Similarly, on 12 September 2008, Michigan State University revoked an honorary law degree that it awarded Mugabe in 1990.

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Emerson Mnangagwa with Robert Mugabe

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Grace Mugabe, first lady

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Zimbabwe Inflation Rate
Zimbabwe's Annual Inflation Rate is now 516 Quintillion

Hyperinflation has Zimbabwe in the throes of a financial crisis that makes the one we're dealing with look like a walk in the park.

The monthly inflation rate in Zimbabwe is currently running at 13.2 billion per cent, and could reach an all-time world record within weeks.

The latest figures put Zimbabwe's annual inflation rate at 516 quintillion per cent. That's 516 followed by 18 zeros.

Consumer prices on everything from gasoline to glue are doubling on average every 1.3 days.

Zimbabwe's inflation crisis is now the second worst inflation spike in history, behind the hyperinflationary crisis of Hungary in 1946, in which prices doubled every 15.6 hours.

In September 2007, the exchange rate between the U.S. dollar and the Zimbabwe dollar was USD1 to ZWD253. The current exchange rate between the U.S. dollar and the Zimbabwe dollar is USD1 to ZWD60,623. This is a 23,861% increase since then.

Below you'll see some some photos that I gather from around the internet of the affects of hyperinflation in Zimbabwe.
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I guess he won 'hands off'!!

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On the upside the cocksucker is 89 years old, his time here is limited

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