A Zimbabwean official says President Robert Mugabe accepts his first-round defeat in the March presidential election, and will take part in a run-off vote. Cabinet minister Emmerson Mnangagwa spoke (Friday) soon after Zimbabwe's electoral commission formally released the results from the election, more than a month after it was held.
The commission says Mr. Mugabe lost the vote to challenger Morgan Tsvangirai but that Mr. Tsvangirai fell short of a majority needed to avoid a run-off. Mr. Tsvangirai's Movement for Democratic Change party disputes those results, saying their candidate won an outright victory. At a news conference in South Africa, MDC Secretary-General Tendai Biti said Mr. Tsvangirai should be declared president. There was no immediate word from the MDC on whether it will take part in an expected second-round vote. The party has said repeatedly it will not.