Tsvangirai pulls out of 'sham' Zimbabwe election
The international community of nations have left it too late to ensure a fair election and
Tsvangirai had no choice but to pull out of next weeks elections. Perhaps now real pressure will be put on Mugabe to stop the violence and step down.
Zimbabwe's opposition leader, Morgan Tsvangirai, has pulled out of the presidential run-off against Robert Mugabe saying he will no longer participate in "this violent, illegitimate sham of an election process".
Tsvangirai, head of the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC), announced his decision at a news conference in Zimbabwe's capital as ruling party militants blockaded the site of an opposition rally.
Citing political violence, he said a free and fair poll on Friday would be impossible and called on the United Nations and the African Union to intervene to stop "genocide" in the former British colony.