Global Politics

Zimbabwe's Robert Mugabe Claiming Victory, Again


Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe looks on before casting his vote in Highfields outside Harare July 31, 2013. Zimbabweans voted in large numbers on Wednesday in a fiercely contested election pitting veteran 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 TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY) - RTX125U7



Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe's party has claimed victory in this week's election.

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But his opponent Morgan Tsvangirai says vote rigging made the poll a farce.

Michael Bratton is a professor of African studies at Michigan State University.

Anchor Carol Hills speaks with Bratton about his article in Foreign Policy magazine about Mugabe's efforts to engineer his own re-election.