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Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe cast his vote on Wednesday in the country's fiercely contested election pitting him against Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai, who has vowed to push Africa's oldest leader into retirement after 33 years in power. Mugabe was accompanied by his wife Grace and son to a polling station in Highveld close to State House in Zimbabwean capital Harare. With no reliable opinion polls, it is hard to say whether the 61-year-old Tsvangirai will succeed in his third attempt to unseat the 89-year-old Mugabe, who has run the southern African nation since independence from Britain in 1980. Movement for Democratic Change leader Tsvangirai also voted on Wednesday. (SOUNDBITE) (English) MDC LEADER, MORGAN TSVANGIRAI, SAYING: "Anyone who is at the queue even by 7 o'clock, the officers have to clear so they have no motivation to delay. They should be able to clear everyone." 61-year-old Tsvangirai, accompanied by his wife, told journalists after voting that he expected to win "quite resoundingly" and that it was more a question of "when" rather than "if." Polls opened on time at 7 o'clock across the country, with long queues of people braving a bout of unseasonably cold weather to stand in line from well before dawn.
July 31 - Zimbabwe's Robert Mugabe and Morgan Tsvangirai each cast their ballots as they go head to head in a fierce battle for the presidency. Rough Cut (no reporter narration). ( Transcript )
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