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  Thousands queue to vote in Zimbabwe
Updated 09 March 2002, 12.25
Voters queue in Zimbabwe
Thousands of people in Zimbabwe are queuing for kilometres to vote in a controversial presidential election.

The elections are controversial because people say the current President of Zimbabwe, Robert Mugabe of the Zanu PF party, is trying to fix the election to stay in power.

The man trying to beat him is called Morgan Tsvangirai, who is the leader of the opposition party Movement for Democratic Change (MDC).

Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe
Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe
People say Mugabe, who has been President since 1980, does things like have lots of places to vote where lots of his supporters live, but hardly any where there are more opposition supporters.

The president also bans lots of people from voting and some members of the Zimbabwe police say they have been told they must vote for the President in the election.

Opposition supporters have also been beaten up and killed and security forces in the country have stopped the MDC party having meetings.

Opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai
Opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai
Even so, the result of the election might be close, because hundreds of thousands of people support the MDC.

The worry is that if the MDC gets the most votes, Mr Mugabe may still be announced the winner after all the votes are counted - which could be the signal for violent clashes to start.

Mugabe's Zanu PF party say that they are not trying to fix the result of the elections.

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