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In pictures: Zimbabwe's election

Man wears a Mugabe face mask at a rally for President Mugabe's Zanu-PF party.

There has been a final day of campaigning in Zimbabwe ahead of Saturday's general election. Supporters of Robert Mugabe wore masks of the president at his final rally outside Harare.

President Mugabe kicks a ball at his final rally on Friday

President Mugabe - who has been in office for 28 years - repeated his claims that his opponents are puppets of the West.

Opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai at an election rally in Domboshava on Friday

His rivals - including Morgan Tsvangirai, leader of the main faction of the opposition Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) - were also making final appeals to the electorate.

Independent candidate Simba Makoni in Harare on Friday

Both he and his fellow challenger, Simba Makoni - a former senior member of Mr Mugabe's government - say they are worried the poll will be neither free nor fair.

A man with a loaf of bread bought from a black market dealer on 26 March 2008

Amid galloping hyper-inflation, the economy is expected be a key election issue. This man has just bought a loaf of bread - costing 15m Zimbabwean dollars - from a black market dealer.

A man walks past unclothed shop dummies in Harare on 27 March 2008

The government has threatened to slash prices of goods by over half in an effort to control the problem, forcing many shop owners to withdraw products to stave off losses.

Campaign posters of Robert Mugabe in Harare on 26 March 2008

But Mr Mugabe blames the economic problems on the West and bases his campaign on the redistribution of land seized from white farmers.

Supporters of Morgan Tsvangirai at rally outside Harare on 27 March 2008

Nevertheless, so far the election has been relatively peaceful, leading some opponents of the president to hope they might finally see him out of office.




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