Zimbabwe election: Opposition leader condemns army-led violence in 'shocking' protests

Zimbabwe election: Opposition leader condemns army-led violence in 'shocking' protests

Zimbabwe election: Opposition leader condemns army-led violence in 'shocking' protests

Zimbabwe's ruling ZANU-PF party won the most seats in parliament, official results showed Wednesday, as the count continued in the presidential race and the opposition MDC cried foul, alleging widespread fraud.

European Union observers on Wednesday listed several problems in Zimbabwe's presidential and parliamentary election, including media bias, voter intimidation and mistrust in the electoral commission.

Mnangagwa, a former deputy president who succeeded Mugabe after a military takeover in November, blamed the opposition for the violence and said it was "meant to disrupt the electoral process", the state broadcaster reported.

The EU's assessment is critical in determining whether Zimbabwe can shed its pariah status as it could help attract investors and trigger an economic revival.

"I believe that the parliamentary results were released first as a psychological ploy to dampen opposition expectations regarding the presidential vote", Prof.

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

"We have noted with concern the actions and conduct of some political party leaders. who are openly declaring that they will announce results irrespective of provisions of the law", Mpofu said at a media briefing in the capital Harare.

The EU mission says this is a preliminary statement and more is expected on how the election results are handled and announced.

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The results of the presidential election, which is a separate contest pitting Mr Mnangagwa against Mr Chamisa, are yet to be declared, but the parliamentary results bode well for the incumbent.

"I will stay here until Chamisa is president", said Amandishe Muzhinji, who traveled back from Swaziland where he works as a migrant laborer to vote in Monday's election.

Al Jazeera's Haru Mutasa reports from Harare. We've more votes than ED (Emmerson Mnangagwa). "If President Chamisa wins this election then the people of Zimbabwe will have their government", stated Nkululeko Sibanda, the MDC spokesman. "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".

United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres called on Zimbabwe's political leaders and people to exercise restraint and reject any form of violence.

Zimbabwe was once one of Africa's most promising economies but descended into corruption, mismanagement and diplomatic isolation in the latter stages of Mr Mugabe's administration.

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

Violent scenes played out in the capital between soldiers and supporters of the opposition MDC Alliance after the ruling Zanu-PF's majority win in parliament.

But ZANU-PF denied the Opposition's accusations of manipulating the vote even as hundreds gathered in the streets of Harare to protest the results. Unreasonably inflated figures from so called ZANU-PF strongholds are worrying against the backdrop that in 21% of polling stations mostly in those areas results were not posted as required by the law.

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