Zimbabwe's president blames opposition for chaos

2018-08-01 20:12
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GALLERY: Zim army, police clash with MDC protesters

Protests have erupted in Harare, Zimbabwe over alleged fraud in the country's election. Armed troops have since been deployed to try and disperse hundreds of opposition angry demonstrators.

Zimbabwe's president is blaming opposition supporters for the violence in the capital that began with protests over Monday's election results and ended with the military sweeping in with gunfire. At least three people are dead.

President Emmerson Mnangagwa in a statement carried by state media says the opposition under Nelson Chamisa is responsible for the chaos "meant to disrupt the electoral process."

Police have invoked a strict security act that forbids public gatherings.

The opposition Movement for Democratic Change has told reporters that Chamisa is "shocked" by the events in Harare. A spokesperson says that "we are seriously meant to wonder that this means. Are we at war?"

The opposition says it condemns violence in all its forms.

Both the opposition and Western election observers have urged that presidential election results be released as soon as possible. Zimbabwe's electoral commission says "sometime tomorrow" it will say when those will be released. 

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