Monday, June 30, 2008


...cannot come fast enough. What a Travesty. Mugabe, hero...I am at a loss for adjectives or superlatives that accurately contain how much this hurts Africa in the short term.

Robert Mugabe hailed a hero at African Union summitY
Sonia Verma in Sharm el-Sheikh, and Philippe Naughton
Robert Mugabe was hailed a "hero" by Africa's longest-serving head of
state as he joined his fellow leaders at an African Union summit.

The 84-year-old flew to the summit in the Egyptian resort of Sharm
el-Sheikh only hours after being sworn in for his sixth presidential
term following a one-candidate election run-off widely decried as at
best a sham, at worst a travesty of democracy.

He entered the conference hall accompanied by the leaders of Egypt,
Tanzania - the AU chairman - and Uganda, and his enemies' hopes that
he would be disowned by his peers were quickly dashed.

"He was elected, he took an oath, and he is here with us, so he is
President and we cannot ask him more," said Omar Bongo, President of
Gabon since 1967. "He conducted elections and I think he won.

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