Zimbabwe's Mugabe says his election victory is a blow to Western foes
HARARE, Zimbabwe (AFP) - Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe on Wednesday declared his recent election victory a blow against Western powers, which he accused of plotting to topple him using the opposition.
"We are very happy that we have dealt the enemy a blow, and the enemy is not (opposition leader Morgan) Tsvangirai," Mr Mugabe said in his first public remarks since winning a landslide victory in elections a week ago.
"Tsvangirai is a mere part of the enemy. The enemy is he who is behind Tsvangirai. Who is behind the (opposition party) MDC? The British and their allies. Those are the ones who were the real enemies." Mr Mugabe has often accused Western powers, particularly Zimbabwe's former colonial master Britain, of harbouring plans to depose him using the opposition as a front.
Zimbabwe's electoral commission declared Mr Mugabe the winner with 61 per cent of the vote, while three-time presidential hopeful Mr Tsvangirai garnered 34 per cent.