US Rejects Zimbabwe Vote Result While UK Expresses ‘Grave Concerns’

Washington, August 3, 2013 – U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said on Saturday Zimbabwe’s presidential election results for the July 31 poll are the culmination of a deeply flawed process and do not represent the will of the country’s citizens.

 “In light of substantial electoral irregularities reported by domestic and regional observers, the United States does not believe that the results announced today represent a credible expression of the will of the Zimbabwean people,” Kerry said in a statement.

Zimbabwe’s Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) plans a court challenge against the election victory by President Robert Mugabe’s ZANU-PF party which the MDC rejects as a fraud, MDC leader Morgan Tsvangirai said on Saturday.

“We are going to go to court, we are going to go to the AU (African Union), we are going to go to the SADC (Southern African Development Community),” Tsvangirai angrily told a news conference in Harare.

Meanwhile, British Foreign Secretary William Hague told of his ‘grave concerns’ over how the Zimbabwean election was conducted after it was confirmed Robert Mugabe has won another five-year presidential term.

Hague on Saturday evening also expressed concern over the election, which has been plagued by claims of widespread fraud and vote-rigging.

In a statement released by the Foreign Office, Mr Hague said: ‘People around the world are watching events in Zimbabwe, following the announcement by the Zimbabwean Electoral Commission that President Mugabe has won the presidential elections, as well as the indications of possible legal challenges.

‘I commend the people of Zimbabwe on holding peaceful elections. However we have grave concerns over the conduct of the election.

‘The preliminary statements of the African Union (AU) and Southern African Development Community (SADC) observation missions, and those of the domestic observer groups, have outlined many of these significant concerns, and I hope that their final assessments of the elections will take into account the full impact of these irregularities on the outcome.’


(CBC News  & Mail on Line)