Jeff Flake has left the United States to observe the elections in Zimbabwe. Breitbart reports:
Sen. Jeff Flake (R-AZ) is in Zimbabwe to observe the country’s first elections after the ouster of tyrant Robert Mugabe last year — and though the opposition claims the vote count was rigged, and the army has killed six protesters, Flake has blessed the result.
“It’s time for a new era of peace and prosperity,” Flake tweeted on Thursday, a day after the protesters were killed demonstrating against what the opposition alleges is fraud by the ruling party.
All parties in Zimbabwe need to call for calm as election results are announced. The people of Zimbabwe have endured enough. It’s time for a new era of peace and prosperity.
— Jeff Flake (@JeffFlake) August 2, 2018
Emmerson Mnangagwa of Mugabe’s Zimbabwe African National Union -Popular Front (Zanu-PF) party was declared the winner by the curiously narrow margin of 50.8% — “just enough to scrape through the constitutional threshold of 50 percent plus one vote required to avoid a runoff,” according to the African News Agency (ANA). Mnangagwa defeated Nelson Chamisa of the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC), which called the result “fake.”
Flake had made no comment about the violence as of Friday morning. He also seemed less concerned than other international observers.