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Zimbabwe: Statement by the Foreign Secretary

Zimbabwe: Statement by the Foreign Secretary

In a statement on the election results in Zimbabwe, the Foreign Secretary, Jack Straw said:

"For months the Government of Zimbabwe has conducted a systematic campaign of violence and intimidation designed to achieve one outcome: power at all costs. It is no surprise that this outcome has now been achieved.

If President Mugabe had been fully confident of popular support, he would not have prevented voters from registering, instructed the police to break up rallies, had the leader of the opposition arrested, and reduced the number of polling stations in opposition strongholds.

We are still receiving reports from Zimbabwe and I will be making a statement to Parliament tomorrow. We will also be consulting our friends and allies in the European Union, the United States and the Commonwealth."

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