Tension brews in Zimbabwe as opposition disputes election results

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The figures from the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission showed ZANU-PF with 109 seats in the 210-seat parliament.The main opposition Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) had 41 seats.

Zimbabwe's opposition party has declared that their presidential candidate Nelson Chamisa won yesterday's election, despite no official results being released.

Robert Mugabe's old party Zanu PF have claimed victory in the first election held in Zimbabwe since the former dictator was pushed out of office previous year.

Opposition Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) supporters walk towards the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) headquarters on August 1, 2018 in Harare, to protest against alleged fraud in elections.

Voting ended at 7PM for Zimbabwe's 2018 harmonised elections, and the MDC Alliance led by Nelson Chamisa claimed exit polls showed it with a 65 percent majority in the presidential race.

Opposition supporters have been engaged in running battles with police, with officers using water cannons in an attempt to disperse protestors.

Zanu-PF saw strong results in rural areas.

A preliminary report by the Southern African Development Community (Sadc) observers said the elections were largely peaceful and conducted in accordance with the law.

By Wednesday, he was declaring victory, thanking his supporters and saying his party has won the popular vote, without offering proof. "They are stealing our election".

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Zec has announced some of the results in the parliamentary elections but says it needs time to pull together the figures for the presidential poll from across the country.

As Zimbabwe awaits the final result of the presidential election, both the MCD Alliance and ZANU-PF are confident of success.

A presidential candidate needs more than 50% of the vote to win outright.

This is the first time in 16 years that the government has allowed European Union and United States election monitors into the country. It is illegal to announce results before the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission.

Chamisa said the early release of the parliamentary results was a deliberate ploy to prepare Zimbabweans for a victory by Mnangagwa, a former national security chief nicknamed "The Crocodile" and commonly referred to by the initials ED.

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

Mr Mnangagwa faces an unemployment crisis following the collapse of agriculture, hyperinflation and an exodus of investment.

One person was shot dead by Zimbabwean soldiers in the capital city Harare on Wednesday after troops were deployed to quell protests over this week's presidential election, witnesses told a Reuters photographer.

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