Zimbabwe votes in third Mugabe-Tsvangirai showdown

Zimbabwe's President Mugabe looks on before casting his vote in HighfieldsBy Cris Chinaka HARARE (Reuters) – Zimbabweans voted in large numbers on Wednesday in a fiercely contested election pitting veteran President Robert Mugabe against Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai, who has vowed to push Africa's oldest leader into retirement after 33 years in power. With no reliable opinion polls and amid allegations of vote-rigging, it is hard to say whether Tsvangirai will succeed in his third attempt to oust 89-year-old Mugabe, who has run the southern African nation since independence from Britain in 1980. Both sides are forecasting landslide wins. …

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