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Runoff election is set for June 27

May 17, 2008|From Times Wire Reports

Seven weeks after its presidential election, Zimbabwe finally set a runoff date, saying longtime President Robert Mugabe and rival Morgan Tsvangirai will face off June 27.

The opposition fears that the vote will be skewed by fraud. Opposition supporters have been beaten, killed and driven from their homes in what observers say is a campaign to secure Mugabe's grip on power.

Tsvangirai says that he won the original vote outright but that he will participate in the runoff. Official results said he fell short of a majority.

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