HARARE, Zimbabwe – Zimbabwe's long-time president says his party is geared for a "resounding" victory in elections scheduled for next year.
President Robert Mugabe, addressing 5,000 loyalists at the end of his ZANU-PF party's annual convention in the provincial city of Gweru, said Saturday that the party will fight like a "wounded animal to reclaim the government we lost" in 2008 elections.
Mugabe, 88, has been nominated ZANU-PF's presidential candidate.
He has ruled Zimbabwe since its independence from Britain in 1980.
Mugabe joined a fractious four-year-old coalition with Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai brokered by regional leaders a year after violent and inconclusive elections.
Mugabe Saturday warned his party's top officials to avoid any infighting because it is "dangerous" and threatened the party's unity.
Deep divisions in ZANU-PF have emerged over Mugabe's likely successor.