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The Africa Report: 2 August 2013

EWN’s Africa Correspondent Jean-Jacques Cornish reports on the day’s top African news.

Zimbabwean presidential hopeful Morgan Tsvangirai speaks in Harare on August 1, 2013. Tsvangirai on Thursday described the election as a "huge farce". Picture: AFP

ZIMBABWEAN ELECTIONS: STOLEN OR LOST?

President Robert Mugabe has claimed yet another landslide victory following Wednesday's elections and the question now is whether it was rigged or if rival Morgan Tsvangirai neglected to do what was necessary to secure a win.

Had the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) leader pushed for a later date, as was his initial battle with the July 31st deadline, the opposition may have been successful in their third attempt to unseat the 89 year-old president.

The Southern African Development Community (SADC) supported Tsvangirai's fight for an extension but he gave in.

The elections - declared by the African Union (AU) observer mission as free, fair, and credible - has unofficially been claimed by Mugabe's ZANU-PF as a clear victory.

The announcement, made by a senior aid to Mugabe who contacted Reuters to declare the MDC had been "buried", was followed by another from Tsvangirai who conceded defeat.

If Tsvangirai's allegations of hold any truth, the defeat may indeed be the result of the disenfranchised rural voters, the go-slow in the MDC's urban strongholds, and military intervention.

However, official results will only be made available on 5 August.

PRO-MORSI'S MILLION-MAN-MARCH

A group loyal to Egypt's ousted leader Mohamed Morsi have called for a million-man march from 33 mosques on Friday, despite the interim authority's demand for an end to protestation.

A statement was released on Thursday by the Anti-Coup Prodemocracy Alliance to call on those against the 3 July military coup d'état.

Television footage has shown barricades being put up in anticipation of the post-noon prayers.

The march will see men, women, and children take to the streets in areas witnessing sit-ins and the organising Alliance have called on "all free people in all countries of the world to demonstrate peacefully".

The announcement of the march follows the demand by the interim authority to end protests and leave the two Cairo squares currently occupied by Morsi backers.

If ignored, the military - who are responsible for the protest suppression following the Hosni Mubarak overthrow - have agreed to gradually disperse the crowds, adding to the fear of increased violence.

M23 REJECTS UN DEADLINE TO GET OUT OF GOMA

The March 23 Movement (M23) militia have rejected the deadline set by the United Nation's (UN) peacekeeping force for the rebels to leave the Democratic Republic of Congo's eastern city of Goma and to disarm.

The force - which includes South African, Malawian, and Tanzanian troops - gave an ultimatum to the rebel group, declaring that if Thursday's deadline was not adhered to, they would face an offensive.

The rebels have dismissed the deadline as irrelevant and pinned responsibility for attacks on the Congolese army on other rebel forces.