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Opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai has said he will win Zimbabwe’s 27 June run-off presidential poll, as he returned to Harare after weeks abroad.

The Movement for Democratic Change leader accused the ruling Zanu-PF party of seeking to “decimate” opposition structures ahead of the vote. His first engagement was to visit supporters hurt in political violence. Mr Tsvangirai’s return was delayed amid an alleged army plot to kill him, which the ruling party said was “fantasy”.

Polls on 29 March saw the country’s veteran leader, Robert Mugabe, lose his parliamentary majority for the first time in two decades in power. The MDC leader says he gained the more than 50% of the presidential vote needed to win without a run-off, but official results – released after long delays – said he gained 47.9%, with Mr Mugabe taking 43.2%. (Continue Reading…)

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