Today's extraordinary quote of the day comes via Alex Massie. I give you: Robert Mugabe's acceptance of his party's endorsement in Zimbabwe's elections.

"Every one of them matters to me. Can I let them down?" AP news agency quotes Mr Mugabe as saying during his keynote address to delegates before his endorsement.

"No. Their welfare is my welfare. Their suffering is my suffering. I dare not abandon them," he said.

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