01/11/2009 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

Robert Mugabe: Zimbabwe Cholera Epidemic Over

Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe said on Thursday that doctors had tamed a cholera epidemic that has left 775 dead, even as South Africa declared a disaster on its border because of the disease.

In a nationally broadcast speech, Mugabe denounced calls by British Prime Minister Gordon Brown and United States President George Bush for him to resign, saying the epidemic was no longer a reason for him to leave office.

"I am happy to say our doctors have been assisted by others and WHO [the World Health Organization] ... so now that there is no cholera," he said.

"Because of cholera, Mr Brown wants a military intervention," he said. "Bush wants military intervention because of cholera."

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