Tsvangirai piles on pressure

HARARE
Opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai has warned that the "end game" for President Robert Mugabe was drawing near.
Speaking at the end of a week-long visit to Australia, Tsvangirai called for concerted international pressure on the long-serving ruler to respect democratic norms.
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dential and parliamentary elections scheduled for March 2008 were the “starting point for resolving this crisis,” he said, calling for international pressure and monitoring to ensure they were free and fair.
“The people of Zimbabwe are very much conscious of their dire straits. We are seconds away from a national humanitarian crisis unless we act now,” he said. “We will stop at nothing until our vision of a new Zimbabwe is achieved.”
Tsvangirai was hosted by the Australian government and met top figures including Prime Minister John Howard and Foreign Minister Alexander Downer.
Harare has been furious about the visit. Zimbabwe’s state media has called for the government to sever ties with Australia, on the grounds it was seeking to topple Mugabe.
Canberra in May ordered Australia’s national cricket team not to proceed with a tour of Zimbabwe this month. It has also cancelled the visas of several students who were children of top Zimbabwe government figures.
Tsvangirai urged the international community to focus on the situation in Zimbabwe, and not to forget about its long-running crisis when preoccupied with other trouble spots like Iraq.
“Zimbabwe must remain on the international agenda,” he said.

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