Mugabe vows to 'surrender' if he loses Zimbabwe vote
HARARE (AFP) - Veteran Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe pledged on Tuesday to step down if he loses fiercely contested elections in the country, as his rivals claimed they had evidence of vote-rigging.
"If you lose you must surrender," the 89-year-old firebrand said at a rare press conference in Harare on the eve of Wednesday's presidential and parliamentary vote.
Mr Mugabe, through a series of violent and suspect elections, has ruled Zimbabwe for 33 years without interruption since it gained independence from Britain.
But he denied any attempts to rig the vote, declaring: "We have done no cheating." He faces a major challenge from Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai, his reluctant partner in an uneasy power-sharing government forged after the last bloody polls in 2008.