Zimbabwe's opposition no longer celebrating

2018-08-01 11:15
MDC alliance supporters in Harare (File, AFP)

MDC alliance supporters in Harare (File, AFP)

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opposition supporters are gathering for a second day outside party headquarters, but earlier celebrations have been replaced by defiance and bitterness at what they believe is a stolen election.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

The opposition says the vote was rigged, while the electoral commission and President Emmerson Mnangagwa say the election was free and fair.

"They have stolen the election," says 78-year-old Iddah Hanyani. "I want my vote back."

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