Zimbabwe: Mugabe Supports MDC - Sort of - As Propped Up Ex-Dictator Elbows His Way Into Historic Polling Day

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These two gentlemen leave the Ushewekunze Tent E polling station in Harare South Constituency, after their bid to skip the queue failed. They pretended that one in the hand-drawn cart was sick, therefore was supposed to be given exception to standing in the queue.
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On the eve of Zimbabwe's first elections without him, former president Robert Mugabe sprung a surprise press conference declaring he'd not vote Zanu-PF. On the other side, opposition MDC leader Nelson Chamisa welcomed any votes with open arms. There's nothing clearcut about Monday's poll.

Campaigning in the Zimbabwean elections had stopped on Sunday, but far from waking up to a rest day, journalists were summoned at the last minute to an 11:00 press conference by former president Robert Mugabe.

He addressed hordes of media from an Eastern-style pagoda near a small lake in the ample grounds of his retirement residence in Harare's posh Borrowdale suburb. It's dubbed Blue Roof, for obvious reasons.

"I have said it before and I have said it very clearly. I cannot vote for those who have tormented me. I can't. I will make my choice among the other 22," he said, with reference to the presidential candidates, of which President Emmerson Mnangagwa is one....

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