Aug. 3 - Election Commission declares Robert Mugabe is re-elected Zimbabwe's president as opposition leader Tsvangirai rejects count. Deborah Lutterbeck reports.
The election commission declares that Robert Mugabe has been re-elected as Zimbabwe's president, with 61 percent of the vote. If the results hold that will allow the 89-year-old to extend his 33-year rule. But Morgan Tsvangirai, who leads Zimbabwe's Movement for Democratic Change or MDC party does not buy the results. (SOUNDBITE) (English) LEADER OF ZIMBABWE'S MOVEMENT FOR DEMOCRATIC CHANGE (MDC) PARTY, MORGAN TSVANGIRAI, SAYING: "The MDC totally rejects the 31 July elections on the basis of, A. the process and B. the absence of reforms." Tsvangirai, who served as Prime Minister in a fractious unity government under Mugabe, drew 34 percent of the vote. DEMOCRATIC CHANGE (MDC) PARTY, MORGAN TSVANGIRAI, SAYING: "MDC is determined to pursue peaceful, legal, political and constitutional and diplomatic remedies to resolve this current crisis." He says the results could push the country back to the brink. (SOUDNBITE) (English) LEADER OF ZIMBABWE'S MOVEMENT FOR DEMOCRATIC CHANGE (MDC) PARTY, MORGAN TSVANGIRAI, SAYING: "The fraudulent and stolen election has plunged Zimbabwe into a constitutional, political and economic crisis Tsvangirai said Friday his supporters could take to the streets to challenge Mugabe's victory.