Zimbabwe's ruling party wins control of parliament



Biti said this omission gave room for the ZEC, which ZESN and the opposition have accused of bias, to manipulate the results in favour of President Emmerson Mnangagwa and the ruling ZANU-PF party.

The Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (Zec) has announced 122 seats for Zanu-PF so far, and 53 for MDC Alliance, ZBC state media reported.

Supporters of Nelson Chamisa in Johannesburg say they are willing to go to Zimbabwe to join protests against the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission.

Local residents dispersed as opposition MDC supporters started fires in the streets of Zimbabwe's capital Harare. Officers responded with tear gas, water cannon and rubber bullets.

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

Former President of Zimbabwe Robert Mugabe resigned after 37 years in office
Former President of Zimbabwe Robert Mugabe resigned after 37 years in office

Truckloads of anti-riot officers were called in to help clear the streets as tensions escalated.

The southern African country this week held its first elections since the downfall of longtime leader Robert Mugabe in 2017.

The EU mission also said it would deliver a more detailed assessment of how the election results are handled and announced at a later stage. Each polling station must post its results outside after vote-counting, she said.

The vote attracted a high turnout of 70% and was monitored by global observers.

The ruling Zanu PF has taken an early lead in the National Assembly seats after the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission announced results from 152 constituencies from the July 30 polls.

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The 94-year-old former leader had been in power since independence from white minority rule in 1980 until he was forced to resign in November after the military and Zanu PF turned on him.

Last week Chamisa said victory for Zanu-PF would plunge with country into "unprecedented chaos", especially if voter fraud was detected. "They are stealing our election".

The Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (Zec) has until Saturday to announce the results but its chairwoman, Priscilla Chigumba, said she expects the announcement to be made well within that deadline.

"What they have done is intimidate people in the rural areas saying, "we will kill you if you vote MDC" and so on and then the worldwide observers say this election was free and fair".

Mnangagwa was allegedly involved in violence and intimidation during the 2008 elections when then opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai pulled out of the run-off after attacks claimed the lives of at least 200 of his supporters. And authorities welcomed it as such, as well, inviting worldwide election monitors to observe the elections for the first time in about 16 years.

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"The atmosphere has remained peaceful" and the commission has not received any major complaints about the election, she said. They need a good change.

Zimbabwe's main opposition has said Mr Chamisa won the presidential election, sparking street celebrations by supporters on Tuesday.

Chamisa accused ZANU-PF of trying to steal the election.

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