Zimbabweans Vote amid Heavy Security
TEHRAN (Tasnim) - Police deployed to potential election flashpoints as polls open, with Zimbabwean president saying he will step down if he loses.
Heavily armed riot police have been deployed in potential election flashpoints in Zimbabwe, as an estimated 6.4 million eligible voters begin to cast their votes.
Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai has vowed to push President Robert Mugabe out of office after 33 years in power, Aljazeera reported.
Long queues of people braved a bout of unseasonably cold weather to stand in line from well before dawn on Wednesday.
Mugabe said before the polls opened at 0500 GMT that he would step down if he lost and that the army, long the bulwark of his rule, would also respect a win for Tsvangirai.
Tsvangirai, who was forced out of the race in 2008 after 200 of his supporters were killed, said that he took Mugabe's promise "with a pinch of salt".