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Peaceful Polling in Zimbabwe Presidential Elections

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A police officer keeps watch as Zimbabweans wait to cast their vote in Mbare township outside Harare July 31, 2013. Zimbabweans voted in large numbers on Wednesday in a fiercely contested election pitting veteran President Robert Mugabe against Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai, who has vowed to push Africa's oldest leader into retirement after 33 years in power. REUTERS/Siphiwe Sibeko (ZIMBABWE - Tags: POLITICS ELECTIONS) - RTX125U5

Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe faces a serious challenge to his 33-year grip on power in elections held today.

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Mugabe has been in a power-sharing deal with opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai since Zimbabwe's last disputed and violent election in 2008.

He's promised that if he loses he will hand power over to Tsvangirai.

Anchor Carol Hills gets the latest from Ed Cropley, Reuters Southern Africa Bureau Chief. He says the elections are, so far, going smoothly.

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