HARARE, Zimbabwe - The Zimbabwean opposition has been stymied in its attempt to block a partial recount of votes in last month's elections for parliament and president.

Zimbabwe Judge Antonia Guvava issued her ruling today dismissing the opposition petition. Results from the March 29 election gave the opposition control of the parliament for the first time.

But electoral officials say they have found problems with tallies in 23 constituencies and are planning a recount on Saturday.

Results from the presidential election have not been released despite pleas by the opposition and many countries around the world.

Opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai is believed to have won the most votes, but not the 50 per cent plus one needed to avoid a run-off election against Zimbabwe's longtime leader, President Robert Mugabe.

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