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Cablegate: Media Report Presidential Poll; Harare

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172006Z Dec 01


UNCLASSIFIED PTQ1236

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FM AMEMBASSY HARARE
TO SECSTATE WASHDC PRIORITY 0555
INFO NSC WASHDC
AMEMBASSY PRETORIA
AMEMBASSY LUSAKA
AMEMBASSY WINDHOEK
AMEMBASSY GABORONE
AMEMBASSY LILONGWE
AMEMBASSY LILONGWE
AMEMBASSY LONDON

UNCLAS HARARE 003741

SIPDIS

AF/PD FOR COX, ROBERTSON, AF/S FOR KRAFT, AF/RA FOR SWANN,
INR/R/MR, NSC FOR JENDAYI FRAZER

E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: ZI PREL PHUM
SUBJECT: MEDIA REPORT PRESIDENTIAL POLL; HARARE


1. THE INDEPENDENT DAILY "THE DAILY NEWS" USED ITS
DECEMBER 14 EDITORIAL TO URGE THE GOVERNMENT OF ZIMBABWE TO
ALLOW AN INDEPENDENT COMMISSION AND INTERNATIONAL ELECTION
OBSERVERS TO SUPERVISE AND OBSERVE THE 2002 PRESIDENTIAL
POLL. UNDER HEADLINE "AN ELECTION NEEDS TO BE RECOGNIZED
BY OTHERS," THE PAPER COMMENTS:

2. "A NUMBER OF FOREIGN COUNTRIES AMONG THEM THE U.S. AND
THE COUNTRIES OF THE EUROPEAN UNION, HAVE THREATENED NOT TO
RECOGNIZE THE RESULT OF THE PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION TO BE
HELD IN MARCH, IF THEY DEEM IT NOT TO HAVE BEEN FREE AND
FAIR. AN ELECTION SUPERVISED BY AN INDEPENDENT COMMISSION
COULD GIVE THE GOVERNMENT AN INTERNATIONAL IMAGE HIGHLY
COVETED BY ANY DEVELOPING COUNTRY HAVING DIFFICULT
BORROWING MONEY FROM ANYWHERE BECAUSE OF ITS PARIAH STATUS.
ALLOWING INTERNATIONAL ELECTION OBSERVERS INTO THE COUNTRY
WOULD ERASE IN ONE FELL SWOOP MUGABE'S ODIOUS REPUTATION OF
'A POWER-CRAZED, AGED DICTATOR,' TO QUOTE ED ROYCE, A U. S.
CONGRESSMAN. IT WOULD DEMONSTRATE, ONCE AND FOR ALL, THAT
THE GOVERNMENT HAD NOTHING TO HIDE, THAT IT HAD ENOUGH
CONFIDENCE IN ITS POPULARITY WITH THE VOTERS NOT TO BE
FRIGHTENED OF A LEVEL ELECTION PLAYING FIELD. BUT WHAT
THEY HAVE DONE, INSTEAD, IS TO HARP ON THE FACT THAT
ZIMBABWE IS A SOVEREIGN STATE WHICH WILL NOT BE DICTATED TO
BY OTHER COUNTRIES, ESPECIALLY THE FORMER COLONIAL MASTER.
SOVEREIGNTY IS ALL VERY WELL, BUT IF IT TURNS THE COUNTRY
INTO A RENEGADE STATE, SHUNNED BY THE REST OF THE CIVILIZED
WORLD, IT'S HARDLY WORTHWHILE. TO PUT IT MILDLY, THE
GOVERNMENT IS NERVOUS ABOUT GOING INTO AN ELECTION WHERE
THE PLAYING FIELD IS ABSOLUTELY LEVEL."

SULLIVAN
UNCLASSIFIED

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