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Zimbabwe-Elections 04-23 Web

Officials release recount results

The first results from an election recount under way show President Robert Mugabe’s party has won an additional parliamentary seat, state media reported today.

Election officials began recounting ballots in 23 districts over the weekend, most of them won by the opposition. The recount could prove pivotal for the ruling party, which lost control of parliament by a handful of seats for the first time ever.

The state-run Herald newspaper also suggested today that a government of national unity led by Mugabe could end Zimbabwe’s deepening political and economic crisis.

No presidential results have been released from the March 29 election, and opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai’s party insists it won outright. The Movement for Democratic Change has called the government’s refusal to release the results part of a ploy to steal the vote.

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