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Zimbabwe soldiers clash with opposition supporters as ruling party wins majority

Zimbabwe soldiers clash with opposition supporters as ruling party wins majority

"The results show beyond reasonable doubt that we have won the election and that the next president of Zimbabwe is Nelson Chamisa", Biti told a press conference at the party's headquarters in Harare.

Basically Zanu PF has won the two-thirds majority and thus has the power to change the constitution if need arises.

It suggested there was a deliberate effort to delay announcing the results, reflecting deep suspicion about the panel presiding over the election. "The public is advised to disregard results not officially announced by Zec".

On the street Blessing Mukundi, a doctor and MDC supporter, said it was a bad sign that, after a peaceful vote, things had taken a violent turn, as they had in previous elections.

The general election follows the ousting of long time Zimbabwean leader, Robert Mugabe in November past year by the military. "They are stealing our election".

Chamisa, a lawyer and pastor who took control of the MDC after the death of its founding leader Morgan Tsvangirai in February, said on Tuesday that based on his party's own count of unofficial results from more than 90% of the 10 985 polling stations, the MDC was "winning resoundingly" and ready to form the next government.

"The Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) has announced a further 50 National Assembly results, bringing the total so far to 153".

"The strategy is meant to prepare Zimbabwe mentally to accept fake presidential results".

Former Liberian leader Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, the lead observer of a USA monitoring mission, said: "The more the presidential vote is delayed, the more it calls into question the population's confidence in the election process".

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The latest results announced by the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission showed Zanu-PF had won at least 109 seats, enough for a majority in the 210-seat lower house of parliament. We've more votes than ED (Emmerson Dambudzo). Each polling station must post its results outside after vote-counting, she said.

The European Union Election Observation Mission (EU EOM) to the Republic of Zimbabwe has called on the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (Zec) to release the results of the presidential election as soon as possible to ensure credibility. They expressed concern about delays in releasing the results of the presidential contest.

The mission said "a truly level playing field was not achieved" in the election, pointing out the "misuse of state resources, instances of coercion and intimidation, partisan behaviour by traditional leaders and overt bias in state media".

A preliminary report by the Southern African Development Community (Sadc) observers said the elections were largely peaceful and conducted in accordance with the law.

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

Zimbabwe was once one of Africa's most promising economies but under Mugabe's rule became tainted by corruption, mismanagement and diplomatic isolation.

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

MDC Alliance's Tendai Biti said there was a clear attempt by Zanu-PF to interfere "with the people's will".


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