Published: Wed, August 01, 2018
World News | By Laverne Osborne

Zimbabwe's Ruling Party Wins Majority in Parliament

Zimbabwe's Ruling Party Wins Majority in Parliament

Another was shot and wounded by police.

Zanu-PF saw strong results in rural areas.

He accused the commission of releasing the parliamentary results first to prepare Zimbabweans for a Mnangagwa victory.

The electoral commission had said it would start announcing results for the presidential race from 10:30 GMT, but this was delayed as commissioners read out more parliamentary results.

A Zimbabwean soldier beats a man in a street of Harare on August 1, 2018 as protests erupted over alleged fraud in the country's election.

He added: "The presence of the army is not to intimidate people but to ensure that law and order is maintained".

State broadcaster ZBC cites police spokesperson Charity Charamba as saying police asked for the military's help because they were "unable to cope".

Those hopes could be threatened if MDC supporters feel that the election was marred by questions and abuses as frequently happened under Mugabe.

"We will not subvert [the people's will]", she said at a press conference, rejecting allegations that there was rigging.

"They've rigged these elections".

The riot police backed by armoured vehicles with water cannon did not immediately move in to break up the demonstration.

There are 210 seats in the national assembly lower house.

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More than five million people were registered to vote, and there was a high turnout of 70%.

The Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (Zec) has announced 110 seats for Zanu-PF so far, and 41 for MDC Alliance, ZBC state media reported.

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.

What are election observers saying? Zec has until Saturday to do so.

"A truly level playing field was not achieved", European Union chief observer Elmar Brok said, pointing to the "misuse of state resources, instances of coercion and intimidation, partisan behaviour by traditional leaders and overt bias in state media".

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

Hundreds of supporters of Zimbabwe's main opposition party, the MDC, gathered outside a Harare hotel today, where election results were being announced.

The leader of the opposition Movement for Democratic Change, Nelson Chamisa said on Twitter he had won the "popular vote" in Monday's parliamentary and presidential in which he faced off against Mugabe's successor, Emmerson Mnangagwa from the ruling Zanu-PF party.

The ZANU-PF leader tweeted: "At this crucial time, I call on everyone to desist from provocative declarations and statements".

MDC-Alliance won all the seats announced in Harare and Bulawayo, while NPF grabbed Kwekwe Central.

The ruling party also bagged Nkayi South, Chiredzi North, Marondera West, Mudzi North, Masvingo South, Masvingo West, Hwedza South, Chiredzi East, Musikavanhu, Chiredzi South and Chiredzi West.

A Zanu-PF spokesman told the BBC he had "no clue" what Mr Biti was talking about.

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