Mugabe has conceded defeat!

  techie4me 14:15 03 Apr 2008

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe has admitted to his family and advisers that he has lost the most important election of his 28-year rule, South African financial daily Business Day reported on Thursday.

Mugabe lost control of parliament for the first time since independence in 1980 and the opposition Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) said he had also been defeated in a presidential election last Saturday and should concede defeat.

Business Day said Mugabe had privately conceded defeat and was deciding if he should contest a run-off vote needed because MDC leader Morgan Tsvangirai failed to secure a clear majority.

"Mugabe has conceded to his closest advisers, the army, police and intelligence chiefs. He has also told his family and personal advisers that he has lost the election," Business Day quoted an unidentified source as saying.

The newspaper said hardliners in Mugabe's government wanted him to see the contest through to the bitter end, but that personal advisers and his family want Mugabe to quit.

The ruling ZANU-PF and Mugabe's spokesman were not immediately available for comment.

Mugabe, known for his fierce and defiant rhetoric, has not been seen in public since the vote.

In final results of the election for parliament's lower house, the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) won 99 seats, while Mugabe's ZANU-PF won 97 seats and a breakaway MDC faction won 10. One independent candidate won a seat.

Results for parliament's upper house, the senate, will be issued next.

No official results have emerged in the presidential vote.

Widely blamed for economic collapse of his once prosperous nation, Mugabe has faced growing discontent with the world's highest inflation rate of more than 100,000 percent, a virtually worthless currency and severe food and fuel shortages.

The opposition and international observers said Mugabe rigged the last presidential election in 2002. But some analysts say discontent over daily hardships is too great for him to fix the result this time without risking major unrest.

The mainstream MDC faction said its Tsvangirai had won 50.3 percent of the presidential vote and Mugabe 43.8 percent according to its own tallies.

  barca1 14:35 03 Apr 2008

Its been long overdue that this Mugabe was kicked out of power, How many Women & children was killed & tortured under his power, i still to this day find it hard that the goverments around the world DIDNT intervene when it was clearly know what he was upto, its about time the people of Zimbabwe can now smile without having to look over there shoulders, the only thing is now the new goverment have to rebuild the mess Mugabe's left behind..!!!

God bless the "Zimbabwen's"

  Earthsea 14:47 03 Apr 2008

I thought he was prepared to face a run-off click here

Don't count your chickens just yet.

  Noldi 14:48 03 Apr 2008

I don’t think he has actually conceded looks like his family want him to step down but all his politicians want him to stay on because their jobs depend on him.
I think it was 99 seats to Mugabes 97 with a extra 10 seats for a party split from Mugabes party plus 1 independent. So they have to do a deal or a rerun I believe.


  DieSse 15:17 03 Apr 2008

"How many Women & children was killed & tortured under his power, i still to this day find it hard that the goverments around the world DIDNT intervene when it was clearly know what he was upto"

A bit like Saddam Hussein then?

Except that then there were complaints when we did intervene.

It's called a "dammned if you do, damned if you don't" situation.

  barca1 15:29 03 Apr 2008

"DieSse" mmmm i didnt know that good point..Damn strange breed is us humans eh..cant do with em cant do without em...

  Stuartli 16:01 03 Apr 2008

No oil in Zimbabwe.

  anskyber 16:20 03 Apr 2008


  lofty29 16:23 03 Apr 2008

Plus accusations of colonialism

  johndrew 16:24 03 Apr 2008

`A bit like Saddam Hussein then?`

I would have thought Idi Amin Dada aka the `Butcher of Uganda`. There is also the similarity of no oil.

  carver 16:33 03 Apr 2008

Any body who belives that Mugabe will step down must be in a fools paradise.

Half his croneys are wanted for one crime or another and with out him in power they are in deep trouble.

Mugabe himself could be tried for quite a few crimes, what will happen is that he will force a rerun and in that time between the two polls he will discover a plot to kill him, which will force a state of emergancy 'suprise'.

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