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President Robert Mugabe said in the state media Friday the convention should prepare for a convincing victory "that will leave no room for doubt." The longtime leader has said he wants elections in March, a target that doesn't seem realistic.
A year after violent and inconclusive elections in 2008, Mugabe formed a coalition government with then opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai, who's now prime minister.
Mugabe has been endorsed as his ZANU-PF party's presidential candidate and is expected to face Tsvangirai in the upcoming polls.
The convention is being held in a sprawling $6.5 million conference hall built by a Chinese firm.
SOURCE: The Associated Press