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PF wins most seats in Zimbabwe parliament - ZEC

02 August, 2018, 15:41 | Author: Ted Wilson
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Zimbabwe's ruling party has won a majority of seats in Parliament, the electoral commission announced Wednesday, as the country braced for the first official results of the presidential election.

Al Jazeera's Haru Mutasa reports from Harare.

This is the first vote in Zimbabwe since the fall of longtime leader Robert Mugabe.

Mugabe's 37-year rule ruined the country's economy and left it isolated on the worldwide stage, so authorities are hoping that a credible election could herald a new era for the country and bring back foreign investment and prosperity.

Zimbabwean president and leader of the ruling Zimbabwe African National Union - Patriotic Front (ZANU-PF) Emmerson Mnangagwa, one of the 23 candidates on the presidential ballot, blamed the opposition for inciting violence in order "to disrupt electoral process".

With the rise of reactions in the angry crowd, the security officials brought reinforcement with one police truck and several water cannon trucks kept a watchful eye but did not interfere.

Another member of the opposition, Eveson Matambanadzo, said: "The results we have are cooked if you compare the people who voted on the ground to the results that are there it doesn't tally".

"The longer it lasts that the results of the presidential election is not known, the more lack of credibility it provides", he said.

"We categorically denounce the excessive use of force against unarmed civilians", former Ghanaian president John Mahama said in a statement on behalf of the Commonwealth.

The violence appeared to dash the hopes of Zimbabweans that the peaceful vote would lift them out of decades of economic and political stagnation under Mugabe, but the country is haunted by a history of electoral violence and manipulation that means trust is scarce.

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The opposition says it condemns violence in all its forms.

Chigumba, a high court judge, has flatly denied allegations of bias and strongly disputed accusations of rigging.

What are election observers saying?

"Rocks were thrown into the compound of the ruling ZANU-PF party".

"We have the necessary legal power and enough personnel to deal with unruly elements in our society and if people want to test our patience‚ then they will be very disappointed; very disappointed‚" he said.

Mugabe, 94, who ruled for almost four decades, voted in Harare alongside his wife Grace. Mr Mnangagwa was largely backed by traditional supporters of the Zanu-PF, including rural voters and the elderly who still believe the party has done a lot of good for the country of some 16 million people despite the excesses of Mr Mugabe's reign.

Mnangagwa, Mugabe's former right-hand man, was the clear election front-runner, benefitting from tacit military support and control of state resources.

But Chamisa, a lawyer and pastor, sought to tap into the youth and urban vote.

After burning tyres in the streets, scores of his supporters attacked riot police near the Zimbabwe Election Commission (ZEC) headquarters.

Whoever wins will face a mass unemployment crisis and an economy shattered by the Mugabe-era seizure of white-owned farms, the collapse of agriculture, hyperinflation and an exodus of investment.

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