Heat on Mugabe mounts

HARARE - African pressure mounted yesterday for President Robert Mugabe to call off Friday's election after the UN Security Council condemned violence against opposition supporters.

HARARE - African pressure mounted yesterday for President Robert Mugabe to call off Friday's election after the UN Security Council condemned violence against opposition supporters.

Senegalese President Abdoulaye Wade and ANC leader Jacob Zuma said the presidential run-off must be postponed after opposition leader, Morgan Tsvangirai, withdrew from the vote and fled to the Dutch embassy in Harare. Wade said Tsvangirai took refuge after being tipped off that soldiers were on the way to his house.

"He is safe because, alerted by friends, he left a few minutes earlier," Wade said. - Reuters

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