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hurches urge peace after disputed poll

Published: Wednesday, Aug. 7, 2013 11:01 a.m. CDT

HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — Zimbabwean church leaders urged Sunday worshippers to pray for peace after disputed elections gave longtime President Robert Mugabe a landslide victory in the presidential and parliamentary vote.

The Evangelical Fellowship of Zimbabwe asked its followers Sunday to wait for “dialogue to resolve outstanding issues with self-control and tolerance.”

Preparing for possible disturbances, however, Zimbabwean police mounted extra roadblocks in the capital Sunday, some manned unusually by officers with automatic rifles. Troops were camped downtown where water canon trucks were also stationed.

Mugabe took 62 percent of the presidential vote compared to opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai’s 34 percent, according to official results.

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