Solana calls Zimbabwe situation ‘parody of democracy’

June 23rd, 2008 - 3:30 am ICT by IANS  

Brussels, June 23 (DPA) The European Union’s chief diplomat Javier Solana Sunday expressed sympathy for the decision of Zimbabwe’s opposition not to take part in the second round of the country’s presidential elections, calling the vote a “parody”. The “systematic campaign of violence, interference and intimidation by the Zimbabwean authorities” made clear the reasoning behind the opposition move, Solana said in a statement from Brussels.

“Under these conditions, the elections would have been a parody of democracy that is unworthy of today’s Africa,” he added.

Solana also praised the African Union and the Southern African Development Community (SADC) for “having attempted to bring Zimbabwe to reason”.

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