Zimbabwe: Mnangagwa praises 'free, fair,' election despite rigging claims

The incumbent President of Zimbabwe Emmerson Mnangagwa dismissed accusations from the opposition that the general election was rigged after he was announced as the winner, while giving a press conference in Harare on Friday. According to the results issued by the Zimbabwe Election Commission, opposition leader Chamisa garnered 44.3 percent of the vote while Mnangagwa earned 50.8 percent. «Here... Еще was a celebration of democracy, a festival of unfettered freedom. With the eyes of the world on us, we delivered a free, fair and a credible election,» Mnangagwa said, before admitting there had been flaws in the democratic process. He added that those who did not accept the results were able to challenge them in court. The leader of the opposition Nelson Chamisa claimed earlier that he had in fact won the election and would explore the avenues available to him to overturn the 'fraudulent, illegal, illegitimate' result. «You find there is no jubilation, no celebration, if anything today is a day of mourning of democracy, today is a black day because we are seeing a repeat of what we saw in the yesteryear regime,» Chamisa said, comparing Mnangagwa's win to those of former Zimbabwean leader Robert Mugabe.

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