Sunday, May 11, 2008

Tsvangirai looks set to fight Mugabe in Zimbabwe runoff

PRETORIA (AFP) — Zimbabwe's opposition leader looked set Sunday to return home from South Africa to face Robert Mugabe in a presidential runoff poll despite a risk of "more violence, more gloom, more betrayal."

Morgan Tsvangirai had previously refused to say whether he would take part in the runoff -- even though failure to do so would have handed victory to Mugabe -- amid evidence of a campaign of terror against his supporters.

The former trade union leader, who beat veteran incumbent Mugabe in a first round of voting in March, set international peacekeepers, election monitors and an end to violence in the country as conditions for the ballot.

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