SADC says Zimbabwe election 'free and peaceful'

HARARE Fri Aug 2, 2013 6:55am EDT

A Zimbabwean women looks on after casting her vote at a polling station in Domboshava, about 45 km (28 miles) north of Harare July 31, 2013. REUTERS/Siphiwe Sibeko

A Zimbabwean women looks on after casting her vote at a polling station in Domboshava, about 45 km (28 miles) north of Harare July 31, 2013.

Credit: Reuters/Siphiwe Sibeko

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HARARE (Reuters) - Observers from the Southern African Development Community (SADC) described Zimbabwe's elections on Friday as "free and peaceful", giving qualified praise for a poll dismissed by Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai as a "huge farce".

"We would like to congratulate the people of Zimbabwe for holding a free and peaceful election," the observer mission said in a statement.

(Reporting by Cris Chinaka; Writing by Ed Cropley; Editing by Pascal Fletcher)

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