10 People Killed in Zimbabwe Election Violence: Opposition

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10 People Killed in Zimbabwe Election Violence: Opposition

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JOHANNESBURG - Ten people have been killed in violence in the wake of the March 29 general election in Zimbabwe, the secretary general of the opposition Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) party said on Sunday.0420 02 1

"Ten people have so far been killed in Zimbabwe since March 29. The situation in Zimbabwe is desperate," Tendai Biti said at a press conference in Johannesburg.

"Three thousand families have been displaced. Over 400 of our activists have been detained. At least 500 have been hospitalised," Biti said.

He also said that 3,000 families had been displaced by the violence, houses had been burnt and many people had fled the country.

"There is a war in Zimbabwe, being waged by (President Robert) Mugabe's regime against the people. The regime has unleashed violence on the people," Biti said.

"We call for major foreign intervention in Zimbabwe," he added.

The parliamentary and presidential elections, both held on the same day, have racked up tensions between the opposition and the regime in Zimbabwe, which is already gripped by a grave economic crisis.

The MDC officially won the parliamentary elections and says its leader, Morgan Tsvangirai, also won a presidential vote against 84-year-old Mugabe, who has led Zimbabwe since independence in 1980.

The official results of the presidential vote have still not been released.

The electoral authorities have ordered a recount of ballots in 23 constituencies, which began on Saturday. The MDC has said it will not recognise a recount that could give back the majority to Mugabe's ruling ZANU-PF party.

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