Editorial Board

Don’t Let Zimbabwe’s Mugabe Get Away With Election Theft

Describing the Zimbabwean general election last week, Olusegun Obasanjo, the head of the African Union observer mission, used the word “free” readily, but the term “fair‘‘ caught in his throat. Was the voting -- based on a roll that included 1.7 million voters who are missing or dead, and featuring 35 percent more ballots than people casting them -- fair? Obasanjo shrugged, turned his hands palm up, cocked his head and uttered, ‘‘fairly.’’

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