Harare - Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe told his political
opponents on Monday that if they could not accept the official election results
that saw him re-elected and his party win a two-thirds majority in parliament
"you can commit suicide".
The 89-year-old called on his rivals as well as Western
nations to accept the results of the 31 July elections.
"We are delivering democracy on a platter. Will you
take?" he asked at his first public rally since the vote.
"We say take it or leave it. We will never go back on
The rally was held to mark Heroes' Day, which honours those
who fought for Zimbabwe's independence.
Morgan Tsvangirai, the head of the opposition Movement for
Democratic Change, last week filed a court appeal against the election results,
accusing the ruling Zanu-PF of rigging.
"Those who can't stomach the defeat, you can commit
suicide," Mugabe said.