The European Union on the Zimbabwe elections

The normally toothless European Union has finally commented on the Zimbabwe elections:
European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso told reporters the votes of Zimbabweans must count, and should not be "stolen" from them.

"One thing should be clear for Mr. Mugabe and his entourage," he said.


The EU has repeatedly called for an end in the delay in publishing the results of the presidential poll - but this is the first time it has made it clear that it assumes Zimbabweans have voted for a change in rule.
I am unclear as to whether this statement was released before or after one of Robert Mugabe's aides released this statement:
George Chikumbirike, a lawyer for the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission, told judge Tendai Uchena: “It would be dangerous in my view to give an order because it might not be complied with … because of outside exigencies which the party (ZEC) will be unable to control.”
"Dangerous", of course, meaning that Mugabe has lost by wide margin. Luckily, the Movement for Democratic Change took pictures of the election results as they came in, to have recorded proof against any tampering by Mugabe and his Zanu-PF Party.

So, what is going to happen in Zimbabwe? My guess is: Mugabe claims he had enough support to warrant a runoff election. The MDC produces the photos of the actual vote tally, and the photos are immediately discarded as photoshopped frauds by Mugabe's regime. Poll workers, who have been intimidated by Mugabe's thugs since the election, side with Mugabe for a runoff election, that Mugabe "wins". Of course, I am saying this with hopes that it will not become true. I've been wrong before, hopefully I am wrong again this time.

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