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  Zimbabwe opposition: 'voting is extended'
Updated 10 March 2002, 19.29
People in Zimbabwe continue to queue so they can vote
The opposition party in Zimbabwe claim voting in the presidential election has been extended by a day.

The voting was supposed to finish at the end of Sunday, but thousands of people are still queuing to have their say about who will lead the country.

Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe
Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe
The Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) asked the courts for an extra day of voting in two big cities so everyone who wants to is able to vote, and the MDC say the court has agreed.

The MDC are worried that lots of their supporters in the election won't have time to vote, which will allow the current president Robert Mugabe to remain in power.

He has been in control since 1980, and is expecting to beat off the challenge of MDC leader Morgan Tsvangirai.

Opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai
Opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai
Mugabe is a controversial leader, and people think he is using force and other illegal methods to make sure he wins the election, even if more people vote for his opponent.

One of the things Mugabe is said to have done is put lots of places to vote where his supporters live, and not many where the MDC's are.

This is one of the main reasons why so many people are still queuing, but because Mugabe has lots of control over the courts, his government may appeal against the decision.

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