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Zimbabwe ban Western observers

Published:Friday | March 7, 2008 | 1:57 PM

Zimbabwe has banned observers from Western countries from monitoring its elections scheduled for later this month.

Foreign Minister, Simbarashe Mumbengegwi said African countries would be allowed to send monitors.

Allies such as China, Iran and Venezuela will also be allowed to monitor the polls.

Zimbabwe\'s President Robert Mugabe claims that western countries are trying to remove him from government.

The 84 year old President, is facing two challengers in the March 29 poll, Simba Makoni and Morgan Tsvangirai.