Top Africa stories: Zanu-PF wins parly seats, Zim army kills 3

2018-08-02 06:00

Mnangagwa's Zanu-PF party takes early lead in Zim election first results

Zimbabwe's ruling Zanu-PF party has taken an early lead as results from the just ended harmonised elections rolled in on Tuesday.

The state-owned Herald newspaper reported on Wednesday that Zanu-PF was "poised for a comfortable majority in parliament, as the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission continued to announce the results".

The report said that of the 102 National Assembly seats announced so far, Zanu-PF had bagged 73, MDC Alliance 28, while one seat went to the National Patriotic Front (NPF).

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WATCH: At least 3 dead in chaos in Zimbabwe's capital

Zimbabwe's state broadcaster says three people are dead after the military swept into the capital to disperse opposition supporters protesting Monday's election results.

"The Zimbabwe Republic Police would like to confirm the unfortunate deaths of three people during the riots and melee which occurred in Harare Central business district," police spokesperson Charity Charamba told state television.

This comes after the army opened fire in central Harare during demonstrations over alleged fraud in the country's elections.

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PICS: Zimbabwe police fire water cannon, teargas at opposition protesters: AFP

Zimbabwe police on Wednesday fired water cannon and teargas at opposition supporters in Harare, an AFP correspondent witnessed, as tensions erupted over alleged fraud in the election.

Officers had been facing off through a locked gate against protesters who brandished opposition party banners, lit fires and chanted slogans against the ruling Zanu-PF party.

"You said you were better than Mugabe - you are the picture of Mugabe," shouted one young male protester wearing a white T-shirt. "We need security for the people."


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EU mission notes flaws in Zimbabwe election

The European Union observer mission says "a truly level playing field was not achieved" in Zimbabwe's election as the country awaits the results of the presidential vote.

The EU mission points out the "misuse of state resources, instances of coercion and intimidation, partisan behavior by traditional leaders and overt bias in state media" but says Monday's election was largely peaceful in a break from the past.

The assessments of Western and other observers, many who returned to Zimbabwe after being barred for nearly two decades, are crucial in the possible lifting of international sanctions on this southern African nation.

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WATCH: Zimbabwe President calls for calm as protests erupt after poll

Zimbabwean President Emmerson Mnangagwa called for calm as opposition supporters, angry at alleged election fraud took to the streets of the capital Harare.

Police fired teargas and water cannons at demonstrators, mostly young men, who lit fires and threw stones at the gates of the country's vote tallying centre on Wednesday.

"I call on everyone to desist from provocative declarations and statements," Mnangagwa said on Twitter.

"We must all demonstrate patience and maturity, and act in a way that puts our people and their safety first. Now is the time for responsibility and above all, peace." Mnangagwa added.

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Zimbabwe's opposition no longer celebrating

Dozens of Zimbabwean opposition supporters are gathering for a second day outside party headquarters, but earlier celebrations have been replaced by defiance and bitterness at what they believe is a stolen election.

Members of the Movement for Democratic Change are chanting anti-government slogans as police with water cannons are nearby.

"I am pained when I think of my vote," the opposition voters sang after the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission said the ruling Zanu-PF party had won a parliamentary majority in Monday's election. Presidential results have not yet been announced but state media say they are expected within two hours.

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