Monday, June 23, 2008

World powers sound alarm over Zimbabwe

LONDON (AFP) — Britain led international cries of alarm over Zimbabwe's violent electoral crisis after the main opposition leader all but handed victory to President Robert Mugabe by quitting the run-off race.

Both London and Washington said they were prepared to raise their concerns in the United Nations Security Council on Monday.

British Foreign Secretary David Miliband said Zimbabwe would lack "legitimate" leadership if Mugabe stayed in charge, and accused him of using violence to cling to power.

"A government which violates the constitution in Zimbabwe... cannot be held as the legitimate representative of the Zimbabwean people," Miliband said, referring to Mugabe's slowness to hold a run-off after the March 29 election.

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