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Chronology--Aftermath of Zimbabwe's elections

Below is a chronology of the main developments since the presidential, parliamentary and local elections on March 29.

world Updated: May 24, 2008 18:06 IST

Zimbabwean opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai returned home on Saturday for an election runoff with President Robert Mugabe despite his party's fears he might be assassinated by government agents.

Below is a chronology of the main developments since the presidential, parliamentary and local elections on March 29.

March 30 - Opposition Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) claims victory based on early results.

March 31 - Results of parliamentary ballot start to emerge. Regional observers say vote was fair but express concern over delay to results. Western countries also concerned at delay.

April 2 - Final parliamentary election results show ZANU-PF has lost its parliamentary majority for the first time since independence in 1980.

MDC says its leader Tsvangirai also won a presidential election and calls on Mugabe to concede. State-owned paper The Herald says no candidate won an outright majority.

April 13 - Regional leaders at a summit in Zambia call for the rapid verification and release of poll results.

April 14 - High Court rejects an opposition request to force authorities to release the presidential election results.

April 15 - An opposition general strike to demand the release of results flops.

April 26 - Mugabe's party fails to reverse its parliamentary election defeat after a partial vote recount.

May 2 - Electoral body says Tsvangirai won most votes in the presidential election, but not enough to avoid a run-off against Mugabe. Opposition rejects the result.

May 10 - Tsvangirai says he will return home to contest the run-off even though he believes we won outright.

May 16 - Run-off is set for June 27.

May 19 - Opposition accuses military intelligence agents of a plot of kill Tsvangirai, forcing him to postpone his return to the country. The government dismisses the plot as a propaganda stunt.

May 24 - Tsvangirai returns to Zimbabwe.

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