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Annan Concerned Over Zimbabwe Vote

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United Nations Secretary General Kofi Annan has expressed concern over the fairness of Zimbabwe's recent parliamentary elections although he is pleased that the vote was conducted peacefully.

In a statement Monday, Mr. Annan's spokesman, Fred Eckhard, said the secretary-general noted that the election process did not counter "the sense of disadvantage felt by the opposition who consider the conditions were unfair."

President Robert Mugabe's ruling ZANU-PF (Zimbabwe African National Union-Patriotic Front) party claimed 78 wins of the contested 120 seats in the March 31st election.

Under Zimbabwe's law, Mr. Mugabe appoints another 30 members giving his party a more than two-thirds majority.

Mr. Eckhard said Mr. Annan believes that President Mugabe's government has a "responsibility to build a climate of confidence that will be essential for national unity in Zimbabwe."

The main opposition (Movement for Democratic Change) MDC party has called for new elections.

Some information for this report provided by UN news, AP and AFP.

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