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     05-04-2005

Concerning Parliamentary Elections in Zimbabwe

Regular parliamentary elections took place on March 31 in the Republic of Zimbabwe.

In accordance with the officially announced results of the vote 78 candidates from the ruling Zimbabwe African National Union - Patriotic Front (ZANU-PF), 41 from the main opposition party Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) and one independent candidate have been elected deputies of the highest legislative body of the country.

International observers, including those from the African Union, the Southern African Development Community (SADC), the Common Market of Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA), and individual African states, who observed the preparation and holding of the elections, have stated that the voting was held in a peaceful atmosphere, transparently and in accordance with national electoral legislation and the principles governing democratic elections in the subregion, approved by the SADC summit (August 2004).

We presume that the opposition's claims of electoral irregularities will be duly considered by competent authorities.

Russia respects the choice of the people of Zimbabwe, wishes them peace and prosperity, and expresses the hope that the problems facing Zimbabwean society will continue to be tackled within the legal field in the interests of national unity and stability.

April 5, 2005

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