Saturday, March 8, 2008

Western monitors barred from Zimbabwe poll: government "EU member states and the United States have been excluded from a list of observers who will be invited to monitor next month's general elections in Zimbabwe, the government announced Friday. Foreign Minister Simbarashe Mumbengegwi said a number of regional bodies such as the African Union would be asked to oversee the joint presidential and parliamentary elections on March 29. So too would representatives from allies of President Robert Mugabe's regime such as China, Iran and Venezuela. However, the only European country which had been invited to send monitors was Russia, while the Commonwealth was also left off the invitation list."