Zimbabwe: 'Don't direct the politics with guns'

2018-08-01 16:12
Supporters of the opposition party Movement for Democratic Change (MDC), tear up ballot booths durinas they demand results of general election on August 1, 2018 in Harare, Zimbabwe. (File, AFP)

Supporters of the opposition party Movement for Democratic Change (MDC), tear up ballot booths durinas they demand results of general election on August 1, 2018 in Harare, Zimbabwe. (File, AFP)

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"Don't direct the politics with guns. Please, we are begging you," Zimbabweans are pleading as armed security forces are on the streets of the capital and sporadic gunshots are heard.

Live video by The Associated Press from Harare shows smoke rising from burning vehicles and opposition supporters scattering after they protested alleged manipulation in Monday's election.

Election observers from the European Union and United States urge that results of the presidential vote be released as soon as possible to avoid "volatility."

Zimbabwe's electoral commission says it will advise "sometime tomorrow" when it will begin announcing those results. It has five days from Monday's vote to release them.

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