(Xinhua) -- Zimbabwe’s ruling party
has won majority seats in parliament, according to the results
announced by the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) Wednesday.
Out of the 153 National Assembly seat results, the Zimbabwe
African National Union-Patriotic Front won 109 and was
performing strongly in rural constituencies, its traditional
The opposition MDC Alliance was coming a distant second with
41 seats, winning mostly in urban areas where it has gained
The ZEC said it will announce the remaining results later on
There are 210 seats in the bicameral parliament.
Zimbabweans went to the polls on Monday to elect a president
and a new parliament.
The ZEC has said the result of the presidential election is
likely to be announced by August 4.
Development Community (SADC) election
observers commend peaceful conduct of Zimbabwe polls
HARARE Zimbabwe (Xinhua) --
The Southern African Development Community (SADC)
election observer mission on Wednesday hailed the peaceful and
orderly conduct of the just-ended Zimbabwe elections.
Zimbabweans went to the polls on Monday to choose a
president, National Assembly members and councilors.
In its preliminary statement, the mission said the elections
were held in line with the country’s constitution and in a
peaceful environment that provided Zimbabweans with the
opportunity to exercise their constitutional right to vote.
"The pre-election phase and voting proceeded in a peaceful
and orderly manner and largely in line with key provisions of
legal and constitutional frameworks and in conformity with SADC
provisions and guidelines governing democratic elections," the
"The harmonized elections represent a political watershed in
Zimbabwe’s history as they may open a new chapter that can lead
to socio-economic recovery and consolidation of democracy," it
The SADC election observer mission, meanwhile, urged the
Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) to ensure the electoral law
is expeditiously aligned to the new constitution and to put in
place mechanisms that will ensure Zimbabweans in the diaspora
will vote in the future.
The ruling ZANU-PF party led by President Emmerson Mnangagwa
looks set to win a parliamentary majority after results
announced so far show that out of the 153 National Assembly
seats, the party has won 109, followed by the opposition MDC
Alliance with 41, while one seat went to an independent
candidate and another to the opposition NPF party that is
reportedly linked to former president Robert Mugabe..
There are 210 parliamentary seats in Zimbabwe. ZEC has said
presidential results will be out by Aug. 4.
China pledge to expand
ties with incoming Zimbabwe government
HARARE Zimbabwe (Xinhua) --
China on Wednesday hailed the peaceful election
in Zimbabwe and vowed to expand ties with the incoming
government for mutual benefit of the two countries.
Head of the Chinese observer group to Zimbabwe Liu Guijin
told reporters in Harare that the peaceful and credible polls
will boost Chinese investments into the southern African
country, which is eager to revive its economy after being in the
doldrums for close to two decades.
Zimbabweans went to the polls Monday to elect a president,
National Assembly members and councilors.
Results announced so far show that the ruling ZANU-PF party
led by President Emmerson Mnangagwa won a parliamentary
majority. Presidential election results are expected by Aug. 4.
"For Zimbabwe, this is an important moment and I hope that
this election could be a new start for peace, development and
prosperity," Liu said.
He said the peaceful and democratic election would send a
good and strong signal to the Chinese investors.
"Definitely we could expect more investments from China, more
entrepreneurs both public and private coming to invest because
for any foreign investor a peaceful environment, a consistent
policy and a stable government are so very important," he said.
"Chinese entrepreneurs and business people could be an
effective partner of the Zimbabwe entrepreneurs and businesses.
I see great potential for us to expand our cooperation," Lin
China, he added, had been helpful in Zimbabwe’s development
processes and "definitely we are going to do so with the new
government of Zimbabwe and make our contributions to Zimbabwe’s
transition and development."
Meanwhile, Lin said a constructive opposition was essential
in Zimbabwe and Africa to foster democracy and development.
He urged the opposition in Zimbabwe to desist from violence
and to resolve any electoral disputes through legal channels.
The former Chinese ambassador to Zimbabwe also stressed the
need for people of Zimbabwe to work together regardless of
"The spirit of working together is highly needed in Zimbabwe.
Zimbabwe is bestowed with rich natural resources, well educated
people and a multiparty system and I think if people could work
together, different political parties work together and they can
make a huge difference."
The Chinese envoy spoke as running battles ensued Wednesday
afternoon between police and opposition supporters in the
capital Harare protesting against alleged rigging of the
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