ZIMBABWE RECOUNT HAS BEGUN

Zimbabwe's election commission has accepted the recount of five of the country's election districts, South African radio quoted Zimbabwe Justice Minister Patrick Chinamasa as saying.

Zimbabwe's election commission has accepted the recount of five of the country's election districts, South African radio quoted Zimbabwe Justice Minister Patrick Chinamasa as saying.

The Zanu-PF party of President Robert Mugabe has demanded a recount of the March 29 presidential vote.

It has challenged the party's defeat in elections to the 210-seat House of Assembly (lower house of parliament), claiming the opposition Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) bribed voters.

Though official results of the presidential election have not been released, the Mugabe government rejected forming a government of national unity, saying only election results could direct the formation of government.

The Harare high court on Wednesday deferred until Monday a decision on the MDC's urgent application for a court order forcing the state-controlled Zimbabwe Electoral Commission to release the presidential results.

On Wednesday Zambian President Levy Mwanawasa, chairman of the 14-nation Southern African Development Community, called for an emergency meeting to be held on Saturday to discuss ways of resolving the post-election impasse. - Sapa-DPA

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