Zimbabwe: Zanu-PF's Mnangagwa wins presidential election

Zanu-PF's Emmerson Mnangagwa has won the Zimbabwean presidential election, Chairperson for the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) Priscilla Chigumba announced from Harare early on Friday morning. Mnangagwa won 50.8 percent of the votes, securing a victory over his chief rival, head of the opposition party Movement for Democratic Chance (MDC) Nelson Chamisa, who received 44.3 percent. “[I] do... Еще hereby declare that the votes received by Mnangagwa Emerson Dambudzo of Zanu-PF party are more than half the number of the votes cast in the presidential election. Therefore, Mnangagwa Emerson Dambudzo of Zanu-PF party is therefore duly declared the President of the Republic of Zimbabwe with effect of the 3rd of August 2018», the ZEC spokesperson said. Chigumba took the opportunity to reiterate the Electoral Commission’s sorrow over the deadly outcome of Wednesday's protests, where six people died as the military opened fire on opposition protesters decrying alleged vote-rigging. “The commission deeply regrets the events of August 1 2018 which resulted in unnecessary loss of life. As Zimbabwean citizens we can do better in the future to avoid such blemishes in critical electoral processes. This can only be possible when we learn to respect our constitution and organisations that we have established for ourselves to preside over our processes”, she said. Friday’s election is the first since the demise of longtime leader Robert Mugabe, who was ousted from power with a coup last November.

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