Robert Mugabe's old party wins Zimbabwe election without him

01 August, 2018, 21:02 | Author: Diane Mills
  • Zimbabwe opposition supporters protest election result

The MDC Alliance said the ruling Zanu-PF party was attempting to rig the vote to allow President Mnangagwa to win, and the delay in releasing official results was unacceptable.

Zimbabwe's ruling ZANU-PF party has won a majority in parliament, according to partial results released Wednesday.

Of the 201 seats up for grabs in Zimbabwe's parliament, 58 seats are yet to be declared, putting victory out of reach for MDC leader Nelson Chamisa.

The polls - the first since autocratic president Robert Mugabe was forced out by a brief military takeover in November - had offered Zimbabwe the chance of turning the page on a brutal chapter of its past.

The presidential results are yet to be announced.

The Zimbabwe Electoral Commission said it would start announcing results for the presidential race from 10.30 GMT.

Earlier, police had used teargas to disperse protesters following the announcement of the preliminary election results in the country.

African observer groups said the vote was peaceful, orderly and largely in line with the law but they raised concerns about bias of state media and the commission.

Supporters of Nelson Chamisa in Johannesburg say they are willing to go to Zimbabwe to join protests against the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC).

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At the time of this report, the number of MDC supporters singing in the streets appeared to be swelling amid a heavy police presence. One independent candidate and a member from a party linked to Mugabe also won one seat each.

The rival claims pointed to a contested result, raising the prospect of competing fraud allegations and a possible run-off vote in September - required if no candidate wins at least 50 percent of ballots in the first round.

Dozens of MDC supporters have gathered outside the party headquarters in the capital Harare, dancing and celebrating in the belief that they have won.

European Union (EU) and USA election monitors have been allowed into the country for the first time in 16 years to assess whether the elections are free and fair.

But just hours later, President Mnangagwa said he was "positive" of the election outcome in Zanu PF's favour. It is illegal to announce results before the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission.

The party, which has been in power since independence in 1980, has been accused of rigging previous elections to keep Mr Mugabe in office.

MDC officials claimed that the results of yesterday's vote, the first even conducted in Zimbabwe without former dictator Robert Mugabe on the ballot, was being deliberately delayed by authorities.

The new government must tackle mass unemployment and an economy shattered by the seizure of white-owned farms under Mugabe, the collapse of agriculture, hyperinflation and an investment exodus.

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