Friday, June 30, 2006

Mugabe: Zim doesn't need rescuing

HARARE, Zimbabwe (Reuters) -- President Robert Mugabe on Thursday rejected international mediation in Zimbabwe's political crisis, saying the southern African state was not on the verge of collapse although its economy was in trouble.

Critics accuse Mugabe of running down one of Africa's most promising countries, abusing human rights and hanging onto power by rigging votes in the face of a deepening economic crisis.

Speaking at the funeral of one of his ministers, Mugabe -- under pressure from domestic and Western critics to accept U.N. mediation in a crisis largely blamed on his government -- said Zimbabweans were ready to die fighting for their political rights and would never accept subjugation....

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