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"In light of substantial electoral irregularities reported by domestic and regional observers, the United States does not believe that the results (…) represent a credible expression of the will of the Zimbabwean people," stated Secretary of State John Kerry following Zimbabwe's general elections that took place on July 31, the first ones "since the violent and disputed polls in 2008."
According to the Zimbabwe's electoral commission, President Robert Mugabe won re-election for a 7th term with 61% of the 3,5 million votes - compared to 34 per cent for challenger (and Prime Minister) Morgan Tsvangirai. Also Mr. Mugabe's party, the Zimbabwe African National Union - Patriotic Front (Zanu-PF), won a majority in parliament giving Mr. Mugabe the complete political control of Zimbabwe.
Since the results of the elections have been controversial, several countries have taken opposite but clear diplomatic stance. The EU, the UK and France shared US' "grave concerns over how those elections were conducted" and Germany joined UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon in his call "for a comprehensive investigation into all alleged manipulations."
On the contrary, South African President Jacob Zuma urged "all political parties in Zimbabwe to accept the outcome of the elections as election observers reported it to be an expression of the will of the people," a stance adopted by Russia and China too.
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