Uneasy quiet ahead of Zimbabwe election results

2018-08-02 21:57
Two Zimbabwean soldiers wearing balaclavas shout orders to street vendors and money changers to leave in the Copacabana market in Harare. (Marco Longari, AFP)

Two Zimbabwean soldiers wearing balaclavas shout orders to street vendors and money changers to leave in the Copacabana market in Harare. (Marco Longari, AFP)

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The streets of Zimbabwe's capital are unusually quiet as the electoral commission prepares to announce the first results of Monday's presidential election.

Soldiers circulated in Harare earlier in the day telling vendors and others to clear the city center. Residents are uneasy after Wednesday's deadly violence as the military moved in and used gunfire to disperse protests over alleged vote-rigging.

International observers have condemned the military's "excessive" force and warned that delays in announcing election results will only feed concerns about possible manipulation.

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