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June 28, 2008 3:34 PM

In Zimbabwe's political charade, state media plays a key role

The bread lines were longer than the lines at polling stations Friday in Zimbabwe, with apparently few people eager to vote in a blood-soaked race that only President Robert Mugabe was contesting. But that's not what reporters for Zimbabwe's state-run media saw. "Long and winding queues were the order of the day," intoned a radio announcer on Spot FM on Saturday morning. State media continues to play a starring role in Zimbabwe's political theater of the absurd.

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