Mugabe Re-Elected in Landslide

OTB projects, with 0% of the precincts reporting, that Robert Mugabe will be re-elected as president of Zimbabwe by a wide margin. Exit polls reveal that the prime factors in motivating voters are a fear of being murdered and the lack of opposition candidates on the ballot.

Security was also a prime concern: “I’ve got no option but to go and vote so that I can be safe,” explained a young woman selling tomatoes.

Angus Shaw of the AP reports unusually heavy turnout.

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Comments

  1. yetanotherjohn says:

    I can’t wait for Carter’s announcement of how the election was fair and represents the will of the people.

  2. Alex Knapp says:

    yetanotherjohn –

    If he condemns the election, will you publicly apologize for your remark?

  3. yetanotherjohn says:

    Alex,
    If he condemns the election and explains how this is any different from the frauds he has endorsed in the past, then yes, I will.

  4. Mark says:

    From the AP article:

    “The official inflation rate was put at 165,000 percent by the government in February, but independent estimates put the real figure closer to 4 million percent.”

    How bad are things when the government propaganda estimates inflation at 165,000 percent, or 450% A DAY – and that propaganda underestimates inflation by a factor of 24?

    Using the independent estimates, inflation in Zimbabwe amounts to 1% every 7.8 seconds. That means that in the time it takes to drink a beer, the price of that beer will have doubled!

  5. Jim Henley says:

    James, you forgot to banner your prediction with, “EXCLUSIVE! MUST CREDIT OUTSIDE THE BELTWAY!!!”

  6. DL says:

    I’ll bet it was because he offered the Zimbabwaan people “hope” and “change”

  7. Jim Henley says:

    Of course Mugabe is actually the McCain figure, the semi-senescent war hero who doesn’t have the sense to retire.

  8. Muruk says:

    Sort of inspires one to think in terms of cautionary tale-style verse… perhaps a series of verses of ZANU-PF’s and its leader’s atrocities, each ending with:

    “My Son, Neither a Robber nor a Mugger Be,
    Like that Evil Old Mugger of Zimbabwe…”

    Terrible pun – but a terrible situation too.