Zimbabweans question whether election will be ‚free and fair’
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Standing under a giant billboard emblazoned with Mnangagwa’s face and the words, „The voice of the people is the voice of God,” Simple Siziba asked how many Chamisa billboards there were in the country.
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„That is who Mnangagwa is,” said Pablo Nakappa, who is a bassist in a popular reggae band and piumini moncler scontatissimi an engineer specializing in the production of hydraulic seals. He alleged that even if Chamisa could win, Mnangagwa would know how to rig the election in his own favor „because he has plenty of experience with that.”
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Mnangagwa and supporters of his ZANU PF party deny any foul play.
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Chamisa and other observers have gone further, saying the moncler saldi uomo election is already not credible. At a news conference Wednesday, he accused Zimbabwe’s independent electoral body of being an extension of ZANU PF. In an interview later with The Washington Post, Chamisa made clear that if ZANU PF wins the election, he will dispute the results.
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moncler saldi outlet An Afrobarometer survey published this past week found that ZANU PF and the MDC were almost neck and neck in popularity, at about 40 percent, with 20 percent of the electorate undecided. moncler saldi outlet
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Mnangagwa, seeking to break with that past, has been vocal about the need https://www.moncleroutlet-i.org for calm in Monday’s polling. But he has laced his peace overtures with veiled threats and lobbed accusations of intimidation back at the MDC.
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