Zimbabwe to Recount Ballots

HARARE, Zimbabwe -- Zimbabwean authorities said Sunday that they would recount the votes from nearly two dozen parliamentary races as the ruling party sought to overturn election results that cost it control of the legislature for the first time in the nation's history.

As Zimbabwe's election crisis headed into a third week -- with the results of the presidential vote still not released -- southern African leaders held an summit and called for the swift verification of the results in the presence of all parties.

The summit declaration, following an all-night, marathon meeting in neighboring Zambia that ended Sunday morning, fell far short of opposition calls for neighboring leaders to pressure President Robert Mugabe to step down after 28 years in power.

It also did not fulfill the hopes of Western powers, the United Nations and regional rights groups for the summit -- which Mugabe skipped -- to at least demand an immediate announcement of results from the March 29 vote.

Opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai claims to have won the presidential election outright. Independent tallies showed he won the most votes but not enough to avoid a runoff.

The election commission has released results for the nation's 210 parliamentary races showing Tsvangirai's Movement for Democratic Change winning 109 seats, giving it control of the parliament and humiliating Mugabe's ZANU-PF party, which won only 97 seats.