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South Africa urge Zimbabwe to release election results

Published:Thursday | April 17, 2008 | 3:57 PM

South Africa has joined international calls for Zimbabwe\'s electoral commission to release the results of last month\'s presidential election.

A South African government spokesman is urging the Zimbabwean government to publish the results as soon as possible.

South African spokesman, Themba Maseko told the BBC, that there was concern that the situation in Zimbabwe could deteriorate because the results of the presidential poll had not been released.

South African President, Thabo Mbeki is mediating in Zimbabwe\'s crisis, but has been accused of failing to put pressure on Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe.

The election commission said it could not release the results until it investigates irregularities regarding the election.

A partial recount is reportedly scheduled to take place this weekend.