Envoy Says EU to Respect Zimbabwe Election Outcome Regardless of Winner

December 29, 2011 at 9:45 am Leave a comment

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President Robert Mugabe has said no observer invitations will be issued to
countries that have imposed travel and financial sanctions on him and many
of his ZANU-PF party associates

Ntungamili Nkomo | Washington

The European Union’s ambassador to Zimbabwe says the EU will respect the
outcome of the next election even if it is won by President Robert Mugabe’s
ZANU-PF party – provided the vote is held in a free and fair environment.

In an end-of-year address, Ambassador Aldo Dell’Ariccia told reporters that
the EU wants the inclusive government to end all forms of violence and
implement broad political reforms before heading to the polls.

He also urged the governing partners to achieve closure on the many sticking
points in the 2008 Global Political Agreement and elsewhere.

Addressing the issue of international election observers, he said the EU is
interested in observing the vote, but will only do so if invited by Harare.

President Robert Mugabe has said no observer invitations will be issued to
countries that have imposed sanctions on him and many of his ZANU-PF party
associates.

But Dell’Ariccia said the EU will be content to rely upon observation by the
Southern African Development Community and the African Union, both
guarantors pf the Global Political Agreement which underpins the
power-sharing arrangement.

ZANU-PF Member of Parliament for Mwenezi East, Masvingo province, Kudakwashe
Bhasikiti, commented that the the European Union has come to realize that
his party is more popular than the former opposition Movement for Democratic
Change.

Spokesman Nhlanhla Dube of the MDC formation of Industry Minister Welshman
Ncube told VOA reporter Ntungamili Nkomo that the European Union’s position
shows it now respects the right of Zimbabweans to choose their leaders.

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