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Respect Zimbabwe's rights, Mbeki says

06 August 2013, 12:33

Cape Town - Former South African president Thabo Mbeki has called on African nations to respect the rights of Zimbabweans to choose their own leader and to allow Zimbabwe to come up with its own solutions to its problems, enca reported on Tuesday.

Mbeki's sentiments come a few days after President Robert Mugabe won overwhelmingly in a disputed election which has been dismissed as a 'sham' by his long-time arch rival Morgan Tsvangirai of the Movement Democratic Change.

Speaking in Pretoria on Monday, Mbeki said the just ended elections were a reflection of the voices of the ordinary Zimbabweans.

"The people of Zimbabwe have a right to self determination. They have a right to decide what to do with their country and their future," said Mbeki.

Mbeki helped broker the power sharing agreement between the MDC and Zanu-PF following another disputed election in 2008 which left at least 200 people.

"There has been a worrying thing about the Zimbabwe elections, which is that there has been a very sustained campaign before the elections to discredit them before they happen. You could see it quite clearly," said Mbeki.

Mbeki agreed with the regional monitors’ assessment of the polls, saying however that there was need to "look at a number of things to determine the fairness" in the manner in which the elections were conducted.

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