At this week’s African Union summit leaders may not be condemning the “sham election” in Zimbabwe, but Ban Ki Moon wades where Secretary Generals typically do not and calls the presidential election in a member state “illegitimate.” From the UN News Center:

“The outcome did not reflect the true and genuine will of the Zimbabwean people or produce a legitimate result,” Mr. Ban’s spokesperson said in statement issued today in Tokyo, where the Secretary-General is currently on an official visit.

“The Secretary-General has said repeatedly that conditions were not in place for a free and fair election and observers have confirmed this from the deeply flawed process,” the statement added.

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