Zimbabwe Election in Suspense

HARARE, Zimbabwe -- Zimbabwe's top opposition leader was in South Africa on Monday, holding meetings on the same day he issued a call for international help in getting President Robert Mugabe to step down.

Morgan Tsvangirai flew out of Zimbabwe Sunday evening and was meeting with "important people in South Africa," Tendai Biti, secretary-general of the opposition Movement for Democratic Change, said Monday, declining to give details.

Zimbabwean electoral officials have yet to say whether Tsvangirai or Mugabe won the March 29 presidential elections. Mugabe wants a runoff, while Tsvangirai claims victory, and asks the international community to support him.

"We urge the International Monetary Fund, at its meeting this week, to withhold ... aid to Zimbabwe," Tsvangirai wrote in British newspaper The Guardian. "This is also the time for firm diplomacy. Major powers here, such as South Africa, the United States and Britain, must act to remove the white-knuckle grip of Mugabe's suicidal reign and oblige him and his minions to retire."

A Zimbabwe court postponed a ruling on whether to force the release of the election results. The court did decide that it had the jurisdiction to hear the case, lawyer Alec Muchadehama said.

Militant supporters of the ruling party invaded eight white-owned commercial farms Sunday, the farmers reported.