I have only one question: when will this old f**ker die?
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Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe threatened yesterday to expel the U.S. ambassador for providing advice to the opposition in the upcoming presidential runoff.
Mugabe, speaking at the formal launch of his campaign for the June 27 runoff, said Ambassador James McGee had publicly urged opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai to return to Zimbabwe to lead his embattled supporters. Tsvangirai returned Saturday after more than six weeks abroad.
"As long as he carries on doing that, I will kick him out of the country," Mugabe said of McGee, a Vietnam War veteran. "I don't care if he fought in Vietnam. This is Zimbabwe, not an extension of America."
Mugabe also ridiculed claims the opposition leader was the target of a military assassination plot.
"Tsvangirai is running around telling people I want to kill him," Mugabe said.
"I don't even have a bow and arrow."
Independent human rights groups, McGee and other diplomats say opposition supporters have been beaten and killed by government and ruling party thugs to ensure Mugabe, 84, in power since independence from Britain in 1980, wins the runoff. Mugabe trailed Tsvangirai in the election's first round on March 29.