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President Mnangagwa 'humbled' to win Zimbabwe election

President Mnangagwa 'humbled' to win Zimbabwe election

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Incumbent Emmerson Mnangagwa has won Zimbabwe's disputed presidential poll, according to the country's electoral commission. With all 10 provinces declared, the current president and Zanu-PF leader gained 2.46 million votes (50.8%) against 2.15 million (44.3%) for opposition leader Nelson Chamisa.The election is the first since dictator Robert Mugabe resigned last year following a coup, ending 30 years of leadership.Both sides in the election had claimed victory before the official announcement, with the aftermath of polling day on Monday marred by deadly protests and clashes that have left six people dead and 14 injured. Thank you Zimbabwe!I am humbled to be elected President of the Second Republic of Zimbabwe.Though we may have been divided at ...
Zimbabwe election: International calls for restraint

Zimbabwe election: International calls for restraint

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Media playback is unsupported on your device A government crackdown in Zimbabwe after Monday's elections has prompted international calls for restraint.The UN and former colonial power the UK both expressed concern about the violence, in which three people were killed after troops opened fire.Parliamentary results gave victory to the ruling Zanu-PF party in the first vote since the removal in November of long-time leader Robert Mugabe.But the opposition says Zanu-PF has rigged the election.The result of the presidential vote is not yet known.The opposition MDC Alliance insists its candidate, Nelson Chamisa, beat the incumbent President Emmerson Mnangagwa.Zanu-PF, which has been in power for 38 years since the country gained its independence, d...
Three dead in Zimbabwe as president blames opposition

Three dead in Zimbabwe as president blames opposition

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Three people have been killed as Zimbabwe's president blamed the opposition for the violence after the country's general election. The military swept into the capital Harare to disperse protesters after the Zanu-PF won a parliamentary majority in the vote.Soldiers opened fire with guns, water cannon and tear gas, as opposition demonstrators burned cars and threw rocks at helicopters hovering above. Police have invoked a strict security act that forbids public gatherings amid the violence.The United Nations has urged political leaders and Zimbabweans to reject any form of violence.Weeping family members have been seen at the Parirenyatwa Hospital in the capital where a man's body lay on a stretcher.He has been identified locally as street vendor Ishmeil Kumeni, 42, who was...
Zimbabwe election: First vote without Mugabe

Zimbabwe election: First vote without Mugabe

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Media playback is unsupported on your device Voters in Zimbabwe are going to the polls in the country's first election without the involvement of long-time leader Robert Mugabe.The country's founding president, Mr Mugabe, was ousted last year after almost four decades in power.The main contenders in the presidential vote are incumbent Emmerson Mnangagwa, of the ruling Zanu-PF party, and opposition leader Nelson Chamisa.Parliamentary and local elections are also taking place on Monday.Polls give Mr Mnangagwa, thought to be 75, a narrow lead over his 40-year-old rival, who leads the MDC (Movement for Democratic Change) Alliance.On Sunday, Mr Mugabe - who first came to power after independence in 1980 - said he would not vote for his successor.Th...
Zimbabwe latest: Ruling Zanu-PF urges Mugabe to step down

Zimbabwe latest: Ruling Zanu-PF urges Mugabe to step down

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Regional branches of Zimbabwe's ruling Zanu-PF party have joined growing calls for President Robert Mugabe to resign.The move comes ahead of a protest march to be held in the capital Harare on Saturday, fully supported by the country's military which staged a takeover on Wednesday.War veterans until recently loyal to the 93-year-old president and liberal groups have also urged him to quit.Earlier Mr Mugabe made his first public appearance since the takeover.Mr Mugabe had been under house arrest for days, but attended a graduation ceremony on Friday, handing out degrees.The army made its move after a power struggle over his successor. Mr Mugabe sacked Vice-President Emmerson Mnangagwa last week, apparently to pave the way for his wife Grace Mugabe - who is four decades younger than him - to...