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Sokwanele, 22 June 2008

MDC Press Release:

At 1500hrs President Tsvangirai announced that he and the MDC will no longer participate in the 27th of June 2008 Presidential run off election.

President Tsvangirai stated that, “The MDC won the 29th of March election despite the conditions that were far from free and fair. Our party’s message of peaceful, democratic change and rebuilding a new Zimbabwe enjoy the support of vast majority of Zimbabweans.”

“Our election victory confirmed this to Mugabe and since that date he and his supporters have been waging a war against the people of Zimbabwe.

This violent retributive agenda has seen over 200 000 people internally displaced and over 86 MDC supporters killed, over 20 000 houses have been destroyed, and over 10 000 people injured and maimed in this orgy of violence. ”

President Tsvangirai went on to list specific electoral conditions that make a free and fair election impossible.

He concluded by saying that; “Given the totality of these circumstances we believe a credible election, which reflects the will of the people is impossible.

The militia, war veterans and Mugabe himself have made it clear that anyone that votes for me in the coming election faces a very real possibility of being killed

Zimbabweans have also shown how brave and resilient they can be over years of brutality, impoverishment and intimidation. They are dedicated to a new democratic Zimbabwe.

We in the MDC, can not ask them to cast their vote on June 27 when that vote will cost them their life”

Therefore, we in the MDC have resolved that we will no longer participate in this violent illegitimate shame of an election process”

A fuller statement to follow

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