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Saturday, May 17, 2008

Tsvangirai to Return to Zimbabwe

Update: Tsvangirai will not be attending the MDC rally today due to assassination concerns. I have to say, I'm somewhat relieved to hear this. (Especially since it looks like the report of the Chinese weapons reaching Mugabe are true - and it appears to have been facilitated by South African President Thabo Mbeki.) However, it further illustrates the difficulty of holding a free and fair election when one of the candidates can't appear in public.

MDC leader Morgan Tsvangirai is set to return to Zimbabwe on Sunday for the first time since the aftermath of the March 29th election. He's going to begin campaigning for the June 27th presidential runoff election.

Returning to Zimbabwe is certainly very dangerous for Tsvangirai at this point. I'd be stunned if Mugabe, et al doesn't try to assassinate him, and it seems as if they'll have plenty of Chinese weapons to use after all.

Let's hope that doesn't happen and the Zimbabwean people can overcome the intimidation and violence of ZANU-PF and elect Tsvangirai (again).

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