'Mugabe says party out of 'doldrums'

HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — Zimbabwe's president says his party is ready to regain its political dominance, likening it to a fast-moving train that would crush those who stood in its way.

Winding up the annual convention of his ZANU-PF party, President Robert Mugabe said Saturday the party was "rejuvenated" after losing its parliamentary majority in the last elections. He described it as a "fired, fueled, fast-moving train."

Mugabe has called for national elections next year to bring an end to the shaky two-year coalition with Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai, a former longtime opposition leader.

But in his closing address to 4,500 party loyalists, Mugabe stopped short of declaring a timetable for future elections. He has been in power in Zimbabwe for 30 years.