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Zimbabwe 'to stage recount'

The Zimbabwe Electoral Commission says it will conduct a full recount of the presidential and parliamentary voting on April 19, the Zimbabwean state-run Sunday Mail newspaper reports.

Commission chairman George Chiweshe says President Robert Mugabe's party had demanded a recount.

Independent tallies indicate Mr Mugabe lost, but garnered enough votes to force a run-off. Opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai says he won outright.

Mr Tsvangirai is meanwhile attending a regional leaders' meeting in Zambia to discuss the deepening crisis over the country's contentious elections.

Mr Mugabe has stayed away from the meeting.