Tsvangirai already written off

The Huffington Post, one of the world’s biggest internet news organisations, has already written off Movement for Democratic Change leader Morgan Tsvangirai yet the results are not yet out.

The Post has been anti-Robert Mugabe all along, and seems to be merely accepting reality, a clear indication that business does not hold on to losers.

It said Tsvangirai, who described yesterday’s election as a huge farce, might have a point but “regardless of the illegality, it appears that Tsvangirai is destined to be the nearly man of Zimbabwean politics, having already ‘lost’ elections to Mugabe in 2002 and 2008, the latter marred by controversy after the MDC leader looked to have won a majority of the vote”.

But it adds that Tsvangirai is not alone. He joins a long list of politicians who, by fair means or foul, never quite got the top job.

Here are some of Morgan’s peers – the nearly men of politics.

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