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Robert Mugabe's old party wins Zimbabwe election without him

02 August 2018

After first indicating it would release presidential vote totals on Wednesday, the electoral commission said it would wait until Thursday, adding that agents for the more than 20 candidates must verify them first.

The police spokesperson confirmed that the ZRP Commissioner General Godwin Matanga has invoked the Public Order and Security Act (Cjapter 11.17) and approached the Minister of Home Affairs and Cultural Heritage to request for assistance of defence forces for suppression of the commotion and disturbances in Harare CBD.

Mr. Brok said that ballots for the presidential vote were counted first in polling stations.

Soldiers move in to disperse crowds of opposition Movement for Democratic Change supporters outside the party's headquarters in Harare, Zimbabwe, August 1, 2018. "This time we will not allow it, we will fight", said one protester who wore a red MDC beret in central Harare. "We are not going to accept defeat".

The Zimbabwe Electoral Commission results showed Mnangagwa's ZANU-PF cruising to a big majority after picking up 109 seats against 41 for the opposition Movement for Democratic Change (MDC).

On Tuesday, opposition leader Nelson Chamisa said he was "winning resoundingly" but the Electoral Commission denied his victory claims.

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The US position was issued in a press statement by the Embassy in Harare.

The assessments are critical for Zimbabwe, because foreign governments, including the USA, have made any financial aid conditional on holding democratic elections.

Mnangagwa, 75, had promised a free and fair vote after the military ushered him to power in November when Mugabe was forced to resign.

"I was making a peaceful protest".

A credible and peaceful vote was meant to end Zimbabwe's global isolation and draw in foreign investment to revive the shattered economy.

The results are a gimmick to try and prepare Zimbabwe for a rigged election.

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Yet several of those observers, including a team sent by the European Union, have expressed doubts about how the elections have been conducted - noting concerns such as "intimidation of voters, [the electoral commission's] lack of transparency in preparations, media bias and some problems around polling stations on election day". It called for transparency in the release of results.

"On many occasions, preparation, financing, media and hopefully not in the counting - it was advantageous for the ruling party", he told AFP as the mission called for transparency in the release of results.

Troops have opened fire in Zimbabwe's capital Harare after opposition supporters went on the rampage.

Mugabe's 37-year rule ruined the country's economy and left it isolated on the global stage, so authorities are hoping that a credible election could herald a new era for the country and bring back foreign investment and prosperity.

President Emmerson Mnangagwa's Zanu-PF is expected to secure a landslide victory in parliament if it wins 31 more seats to get a two-thirds majority. We've more votes than ED (Emmerson Mnangagwa). "No amount of results manipulation will alter your WILL".

The streets of the capital, Harare, are quiet this morning, following a violent end to the announcement of parliamentary results.

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Robert Mugabe's old party wins Zimbabwe election without him