Zimbabwe campaigns enter final frenetic stages

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HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — Frenetic campaigning enters its last stages for make-or-break elections in Zimbabwe on July 31 with both main contenders calling for their supporters to turn out in large numbers to cast their votes.

President Robert Mugabe, 89, spoke for two hours Sunday at the main 50,000-seat sports stadium in Harare that was not filled to capacity. He said his ZANU-PF party will rescue the troubled economy with a renewed black empowerment program.

His campaign organizers say 1,138 foreign-owned companies still operating in the southern African nation will be targeted to yield 51 percent control to blacks.

Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai told enthusiastic crowds of his supporters at another sports arena on Sunday he wants to create jobs and rebuild the economy with new investment.

Zimbabweans head to the polls Wednesday.

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