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Mugabe not willing to cede power

June 17, 2008|From Times Wire Reports

Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe, campaigning for reelection in a runoff June 27, warned that he would not cede power to Western-backed opponents, state media reported.

"We shed a lot of blood for this country. We are not going to give up our country for a mere X on a ballot. How can a ballpoint pen fight with a gun?" the Herald quoted Mugabe as saying.

Mugabe said the nation threw off colonial domination in a guerrilla war in 1980, and his party was ready to fight to stop the pro-Western Movement for Democratic Change from gaining control of the government, the paper reported.

U.N. special envoy Haile Menkerios arrived in the capital, Harare, where he was expected to meet with Mugabe.

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