Thursday, April 17, 2008

At Last Some Regional Pressure on Mugabe

It has been a while in coming. Possibly cause many have deeper links with the Mugabe regime than they are prepared to admit in polite society.

But at least one of the countries of Southern Africa has called on Zimbabwe's Election commission to release the results of last month's Presidential Elections. It follows a special session of the UN Security Council yesterday chaired my South African President Thabo Mbeki. So his call for the results to be declared as soon as possible is the first call from within the African Union to avert a potential crisis like that which occurred in Kenya earlier following their disputed election results.

South Africa has been the quiet mediator in recent weeks and South African government spokesman admits that his country's position has not 'been coming out as clearly as it should.' Hopefully now that President Mbeki has made his statement the region to start to bring some pressure to bear on Mugabe and Zanu-PF to bring to a conclusion the secrecy regarding the result, which somebody somewhere must have some knowledge of after all this time.

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