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#Zimbabwe elections: Mnangagwa, Chamisa in talks 'to protect peace'

02 August 2018

Zimbabwean president and leader of the ruling Zimbabwe African National Union - Patriotic Front (ZANU-PF) Emmerson Mnangagwa, one of the 23 candidates on the presidential ballot, blamed the opposition for inciting violence in order "to disrupt electoral process".

A U.S. team said the election "fell short of what was needed", citing ZEC's lack of independence, the use of food, fertiliser and seed to buy votes and the ballot design which gave President Mnangagwa an inexplicably prominent position. The commission said two seats were won by smaller parties and 58 seats had yet to be declared.

HARARE, Zimbabwe-The party of former President Robert Mugabe took the majority of seats in Zimbabwe's parliamentary elections, officials said, but European and US observers expressed reservations about the vote and tensions on the streets of the capital mounted.

The observers had been invited by the ZANU-PF's leader, President Emmerson Mnangagwa as part of his "guarantee" of a "free, fair and transparent election" and their verdict on the poll was mixed.

The EU assessment is critical in determining whether Zimbabwe can fix its image and attract the foreign investors needed for an economic revival.

After burning tyres in the streets, scores of his supporters attacked riot police near the Zimbabwe Election Commission (ZEC) headquarters.

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Troops backed by armored vehicles opened fire on Wednesday to clear the capital's streets of demonstrators who accused Mnangagwa's ruling party of trying to rig Monday's presidential election.

Though some results in local races have been announced, she said full and official results might not be announced until the weekend.

As Zimbabwe awaits the final result of the presidential election, both the MCD Alliance and ZANU-PF are confident of success.

"I am reminded of the legal requirements that election agents of all presidential candidates have to verify the results first".

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Violent protests broke out in Harare as suspected MDC Alliance supporters said they were defending their votes against electoral fraud. "This situation in town, you must remember it was fomented by none other than Nelson Chamisa because during his campaign trail he said if he loses elections, he will make sure that this country is ungovernable".

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"People are saying how can we vote for poverty that has plagued us for 38 years?"

Mnangagwa, a longtime ZANU-PF member with a record of violence during his time in government, called on Zimbabwe's voters to "desist from provocative declarations and statements". For now at least, Zimbabwe appears set to traverse a long and hard path if it is to regain its reputation as one of Africa's most promising economies. "No amount of results manipulation will alter your WILL".

Its population of 13 million is struggling amid shortages of foreign currency, unemployment above 80% and lack of foreign investment.

Former finance minister Tendai Biti, alleged that some election results that were supposed to be posted outside voting stations were not available.

MDC did not immediately respond to the parliamentary results but earlier on Wednesday party leader and presidential contender Nelson Chamisa, 40, said the presidential results were being faked.

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#Zimbabwe elections: Mnangagwa, Chamisa in talks 'to protect peace'