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Zimbabwe electoral body announces run-off will be held

The opposition leader in Zimbabwe, Morgan Tsvangirai, beat President Robert Mugabe, but failed to take the majority so the leaders will compete in a run-off vote on a date to be announced, said Zimbabwe’s electoral body on Friday.

According to Lovemore Sekeramayi, the chief elections officer, Tsvangirai won 47.9 percent and Mugabe received 43.2 percent—neither taking over 50 percent to gain the majority.

Tsvangirai’s party, the Movement for Democratic Change, has accused Mugabe of cheating, “scandalous daylight robbery? and violent intimidation, Reuters said.

Tsvangirai has suggested he would only participate in a run-off vote if it was monitored by United Nations-led foreign observers. The original election was observed by Zimbabwe’s neighbors.