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Emmerson Mnangagwa of ruling ZANU-PF is elected President | Coastweek

HARARE Zimbabwe (Xinhua) -- Anti-riot policemen [left] stand guard near the headquarters of the opposition MDC (Movement For Democratic Change) Alliance in Harare, Zimbabwe. Emmerson Mnangagwa [center] attends a rally in Harare. Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) declared early August 03 that current President Emmerson Mnangagwa has won the nation’s presidential election. An anti-riot policeman [right] talks on the cellphone near the headquarters of the opposition MDC (Movement For Democratic Change) Alliance in Harare. Police arrested 16 suspects after Wednesday’s clashes between protesting opposition supporters and army and police. The death toll in Zimbabwe’s post-election violence that erupted in central Harare Wednesday has risen to six, police said Thursday. XINHUA PHOTOS - SHAUN JUSA

Emmerson Mnangagwa of ruling ZANU-PF party
elected to second term as Zimbabwe president

HARARE Zimbabwe (Xinhua) -- Zimbabwe’s incumbent leader Emmerson Mnangagwa narrowly won the nation’s presidential election Friday as the ruling party garnered a two-thirds majority in parliament in the first vote since the fall of longtime leader Robert Mugabe.

The Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) announced Friday morning that Mnangagwa received 2,460,463 votes, representing 50.8 percent of the total votes.

His biggest rival, Nelson Chamisa from opposition MDC Alliance, received 44.3 percent of the vote.

The other 21 presidential candidates shared the remaining votes.

Mnangagwa said he was "humbled" by his win.

"Though we may have been divided at the polls, we are united in our dreams," he tweeted.

"This is a new beginning.

"Let us join hands, in peace, unity and love, and together build a new Zimbabwe for all," Mnangagwa tweeted after a week which started with peaceful voting Monday but spiraled into deadly violence in the capital Wednesday.

Mnangagwa, 75, is Zimbabwe’s second executive president after former President Robert Mugabe who assumed the position in 1987.
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Emmerson Mnangagwa is "humbled" after elected
to a second term as Zimbabwe president

HARARE Zimbabwe (Xinhua) -- Zimbabwe’s incumbent leader Emmerson Mnangagwa said he was "humbled" after narrowly winning the nation’s presidential election Friday, while the opposition rejected the results.

The Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) announced Friday morning that Mnangagwa received 2,460,463 votes, representing 50.8 percent of the total votes.

His biggest rival, Nelson Chamisa from the opposition MDC Alliance, received 44.3 percent of the vote. The other 21 presidential candidates shared the remaining votes.

The streets of the capital city are quiet with a heavy presence of military and police after the announcement of the electoral results.

"Thank you Zimbabwe!

"I am humbled to be elected President of the Second Republic of Zimbabwe," Mnangagwa said on Twitter.

"Though we may have been divided at the polls, we are united in our dreams."

"This is a new beginning.

"Let us join hands, in peace, unity and love, and together build a new Zimbabwe for all," Mnangagwa tweeted after a week which started with peaceful voting Monday but spiraled into deadly violence in Harare on Wednesday.

Mnangagwa, 75, is Zimbabwe’s second executive president after former President Robert Mugabe, who assumed the position in 1987.

The MDC Alliance rejected the results of the presidential poll.

Party chairperson Morgan Komichi took the stage shortly ahead of the ZEC’s announcement, saying the MDC Alliance "totally rejects" the results and he had not signed the election results.

Police escorted him from the room.

Later Komichi said the vote was "fraudulent" and "everything has been done illegally."

He said he had refused an electoral commission request to sign papers certifying Mnangagwa’s win.

"We’re not part of it," Komichi said, adding that his party would challenge the vote in court.

The ruling party garnered a two-thirds majority in parliament in the first vote since the fall of longtime leader Mugabe.

According to National Assembly Constituency results announced by the ZEC, the Zanu-PF party has already won a majority of 145 seats out of the 210-seat parliament while its nearest rival MDC Alliance won 63.
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Death toll in Zimbabwe post-election violence rises to six

HARARE Zimbabwe (Xinhua) -- The death toll in Zimbabwe’s post-election violence that erupted in central Harare Wednesday has risen to six, police said Thursday.

Police spokeswoman Charity Charamba told a press conference that the situation in Harare remained tense a day after the skirmishes which also left scores of people injured and property destroyed.

Opposition MDC Alliance supporters on Wednesday clashed with security forces as they protested against the delay in announcement of presidential election results, resulting in the deployed soldiers opening fire to disperse the protesters.

Charamba said some of the supporters were visibly drunk as they went on a rampage, smashing vehicles, breaking into shops and even beating up people in the streets.

International observers have since denounced the violent protests as well as the use of excessive force by the security forces.

Charamba said police had so far arrested 26 people including a former ZANU-PF legislator in connection with the violence.

"We urge the people to remain calm and peaceful.

"Our investigations have established that the number of deaths, and it is really regrettable and unfortunate, has risen to six as three of the victims succumbed to injuries while receiving medical attention at various hospitals.

"We deeply express our condolences as the Zimbabwe Republic Police," Charamba said.

She urged political party leaders to desist from inciting violence and to approach the courts for redress.

She said police were still in need of military assistance to maintain law and order after the skirmishes.

"Police are firmly on the ground monitoring and patrolling the Harare Central Business district and surrounding areas to maintain law and order," Charamba said.
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United Nations chief concerned about post-election violence in Zimbabwe

UNITED NATIONS New York (Xinhua) -- UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres voiced concern on Thursday about incidents of violence in the Zimbabwean capital of Harare following Monday’s elections.

Guterres called on the political leaders and the people of Zimbabwe to exercise restraint and reject any form of violence while awaiting the announcement of the election results, said Farhan Haq, Guterres’ deputy spokesman, in a statement.

The UN chief further called on political leaders and electoral contestants to pursue any disputes through peaceful means, dialogue and in accordance with the law, said the statement.

Three protestors were killed on Wednesday in Harare as the nation was waiting for the final results of the elections.

Opposition leader Nelson Chamisa claimed victory and said Thursday that President Emmerson Mnangagwa would have released the results if the president had won.

Guterres noted the peaceful and democratic spirit on election day, and appreciated the commitment of the people of Zimbabwe to deepen democracy and their renewed focus on development of the nation, said Haq.

The elections, the first after the ouster of longtime ruler Robert Mugabe, mark an important step forward in Zimbabwe’s democratic development, said the statement.
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Businesses remain closed in Zimbabwe’s capital following protests after election

HARARE Zimbabwe (Xinhua) -- Businesses remained closed in Harare’s Central Business District following Wednesday’s violence with the police maintaining a heavy presence at the MDC-T headquarters with armored vehicles and water cannons.

An uneasy calm prevailed within the city center after the police cleared the streets of protesters.

Many people were trying to establish places where banks and their preferred shops remained open.

A fuel attendant at a service station along Sam Nujoma Street said they were being cautious with motorists who were coming to fill up their vehicles.

"We have to make sure that these are genuine customers and not looters," he said.

Opposition supporters took to the streets on Wednesday denouncing the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) for delaying the release of results from the July 30 general elections.

The protest degenerated with looting taking over and the military moving in to quell the protests and firing at the protesters.

Three people died in the skirmishes.
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Observer missions to Zimbabwe’s elections
call for release of presidential result soon

HARARE Zimbabwe (Xinhua) -- Nine observer missions to Zimbabwe’s general elections on Thursday urged the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) to quickly release the results of the presidential election, as restive opposition supporters demonstrated Wednesday alleging that the election was about to be stolen in favour of incumbent Emmerson Mnangagwa.

The missions, including the European Union, the African Union and the Commonwealth, also expressed concern over the outbreak of the violence.

"We urge the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC), to release the full and detailed results expeditiously, in a transparent and accountable manner.

This election presents an opportunity for Zimbabwe to break the cycle of electoral contentions and post-election violence," the missions said.

According to Zimbabwe’s electoral law, the result of the presidential election should be released within five days of an election.

ZEC said Thursday that they would release the results as soon as possible.

The situation in the city remained tense Thursday with many businesses remaining closed while in some cases workers were told to go home early in case violence flared again later during the day.

At least three people died when soldiers opened fire on the protesters on Wednesday, with some witnesses alleging that the dead were innocent bystanders.

The observer missions said while recognizing the right to peaceful protest, they condemned vandalism and destruction of property that took place on Wednesday and called on political party supporters to abide by the law.

"We denounce the excessive use of force to quell protests and urge the police and army to exercise restraint.

"We call on the leadership of all political parties and their supporters, in particular the two main parties, ZANU-PF and the MDC Alliance, civil society, faith based organisations, and all other stakeholders to safeguard the integrity of the political and electoral process," they said.
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