A runoff election for president of Zimbabwe will be necessary, the Information Ministry said Thursday. A spokesman said results of the March 29 voting showed that opposition candidate Morgan Tsvangirai of the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) had topped incumbent Robert Mugabe, but not by enough to avoid a second round. Citing unidentified sources, CNN reported that Tsvangirai's margin was 47 percent to 43 percent. The MDC claims Tsvangirai won outright on the first round and has rejected participation in a runoff. Official results of the presidential vote still haven't been made public, although it is known that the MDC won control of parliament.
Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas was resting comfortably and planning an early return to work after an unannounced medical procedure on his heart Thursday, aides said. The test, which was described as precautionary, was performed at a hospital in Jordan and was the second of its type in three years. But analysts said it added new uncertainty to an already difficult peace process with Israel.