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Zimbabwe: Mugabe, Opposition Make Last Pitch For Votes

Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe made his final appeal to voters today (Wednesday) at a campaign rally in the capital, Harare, on the eve of key parliamentary elections.

President Mugabe told supporters that victory for the ruling ZANU-PF party is a certainty -- and he ruled out forming a government of national unity with the opposition Movement for Democratic Change.

Opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai is focusing on getting out the vote during his final campaign appearances, telling supporters the ruling party is to blame for Zimbabwe's economic and political woes.

On Thursday, Zimbabweans will vote for 120 seats in parliament -- already dominated by the ruling party. Under law, President Mugabe appoints the remaining 30 seats.

Handpicked observers will monitor the poll -- which the opposition and human rights groups say is aleady skewed in favor of the ruling party due to a clampdown on the press and cosmetic changes in electoral laws.

Some information for this report provided by AFP, Reuters and BBC.