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Zimbabwe's Mugabe tells election critics to 'go hang'Mon, 12 Aug, 2013 | Posted By: The Times Of Earth (TOE)

Zimbabwe's Mugabe tells election critics to 'go hang' Mugabe won 61% of the vote in the disputed 31 July presidential vote. Photo: AP
Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe on Monday said those upset by his disputed landslide election victory could "go hang". 

He said the re-election of his Zanu-PF party confirmed that Zimbabwe will never be a colony again, in his address to thousands of supporters celebrating the Heroes' Day int the capital, Harare.

Rejecting PM Morgan Tsvangirai's claims the vote was stolen, he said those against him could "go hang".

"Never will we go back on our victory."

Mugabe, 89, won 61 per cent of the votes in the July 31 polls as compared to his opponent Morgan Tsvangirai, who managed 34 percent.

In his Heroes' Day speech, which dealt with a series of national issues, Mugabe focused at one point on his election victory and called for celebrations.

"Those who lost elections may commit suicide if they so wish. Even if they die, dogs will not eat their flesh," he said.

He did not directly name  Tsvangirai, at all during the speech.

Zimbabwe's Western detractors had been "put to shame", he added. "Never will we go back on our victory."

Tsvangirai, leader of the defeated Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) boycotted Tuesday's event, but the party said individual members were free to attend the celebrations.

Tsvangirai has challenged the elections results which he claims were "fraudulent and stolen" and demanded a re-run.

The president's Zanu-PF party also gained a parliamentary majority of more than two-thirds, winning 160 of the 210 seats.

Lawyers for Tsvangirai filed an appeal with the Constitutional Court on Friday over the parliamentary and presidential election results.

The lawyers said they discovered that 870,000 names were duplicated on the voters' lists.

In a separate development on Sunday, state radio reported that the ministry of mines had denied a report in the Times newspaper that it had agreed to sell Iran uranium for its nuclear programme.

A ministry statement was quoted as stressing that the report was "a malicious and blatant lie", and that no export licences had been issued.

Iran's foreign minister has also denied the report.

Source: Agencies
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