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Opposition protests as ZANU-PF wins Zimbabwe parliament

Zimbabwe's Election Commission holds a press briefing on the country's elections Zimbabwe opposition supporters protest election result
Jay Anderson | 01 August, 2018, 21:58

He added: "We have seen how we have won in those areas including rural areas, we were leading, and now they want to hide on the Zanu PF usual manipulation that they control rural areas".

FT Southern Africa correspondent Joseph Cotterill, who is now in Harare following the aftermath of the Zimbabwe election, has been recording the violent unravelling of the protest on the streets of Harare.

Mr Mnangagwa called for calm in a post on Twitter while results were collected.

When Mugabe resigned last November, bowing to pressure from his former ally Mnangagwa and the military, observers both at home and overseas heralded Monday's general elections - which will decide presidential, parliamentary and local seats - as an opportunity for a clean slate.

The MDC also questioned the pace of releasing results from the presidential vote.

Thousands of supporters of the opposition Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) chanted anti-government slogans and destroyed benches, signs, traffic lights in Harare prompting police to fire warning shots, water cannon and tear gas in an attempt to disperse the crowds.

More 58 constituencies are yet to be declared, but ZANU-PF only needs 140 seats to the garner the 2/3 majority in Parliament.

Rioting erupted on Wednesday (Thursday NZ Time) in Zimbabwe's capital as opposition supporters clashed with police and army troops over delays in announcing results from the presidential election, the country's first since the fall of longtime leader Robert Mugabe.




He has repeatedly accused ZANU-PF and election authorities of trying to use a flawed electoral register and fixed ballot papers to steal the election. "We won the popular vote (and) will defend it", Chamisa said.

Zimbabwe's President Emmerson Mnangagwa and his main rival, Nelson Chamisa both say they are confident of victory after Monday's election. We've more votes than ED (Emmerson Dambudzo).

The observers also flagged a misuse of state resources, including food aid, instances of intimidation and bias among traditional leaders and state media, which it said were all used to sway the election in favor of the ruling party.

"The longer it lasts that the results of the presidential election is not known, the more lack of credibility it provides", Brok said.

Meanwhile, President Mnangagwa has tweeted that he was "positive" about the results and urged Zimbabweans to patiently wait for the final announcement.

The European Union observer mission said "a truly level playing field was not achieved" in Zimbabwe's election.

The regional Southern African Development Community bloc, in its preliminary report, said on Wednesday that the campaign and election had "proceeded in a peaceful and orderly manner and were largely in line" in Zimbabwean law.

Chamisa's MDC won in most urban centers, where it enjoys majority support.

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