"The People Are Seething"

JEROME DELAY/AP

'[Mugabe] knows that his government is unsustainable . . . and that both nationally and internationally he will never be recognized'

After his loss last week in Zimbabwe's presidential election, opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai was back at his desk in Harare, his mobile phone buzzing, to organize a national party conference to plan future strategy. Relaxed after what he said was "my first good night's sleep in weeks," he spoke to TIME's southern Africa correspondent PETER HAWTHORNE by phone. Excerpts:

TIME: What does the election result mean for Zimbabwe?

Tsvangirai: This development has set the country on a very uncertain future. The damage that may follow will be nobody's fault but Mugabe's. He knows that his government is...

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