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Robert Mugabe Tells Zimbabwean Rivals To Accept His Victory Or 'Commit Suicide'

13/08/2013 09:54 BST | Updated 12/10/2013 10:12 BST

Robert Mugabe has lashed out at Zimbabwean rivals contesting his disputed presidential election victory, urging them to accept it or "commit suicide".

The long-term leader of the Zanu-PF party is claiming victory following the 31 July poll, of which the official results state he won 61 per cent of the vote.

Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai came second with a reported 35 per cent.

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Robert Mugabe has advised his political rivals to accept his victory or kill themselves

Mugabe, 89, was delivering a speech to commemorate veterans of Zimbabwe's war for independence, when he addressed his victory, ZimDaily reports.

"Those who lost elections may commit suicide if they so wish. Even if they die, dogs will not sniff their corpses."

Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai had earlier branded the poll results "null and void", describing the process as "marred by administrative and legal violations which affect the legitimacy of its outcome."

Part of Mugabe's attempts to woo the electorate had included threats to behead homosexuals.

Repeating earlier claims that gays are “worse than dogs and pigs” he told one rally: “If you take men and lock them in a house for five years and tell them to come up with two children and they fail to do that, then we will chop off their heads.”