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Mnangagwa has large lead in Zimbabwe presidential poll - electoral commission

With nine of 10 provinces declared, the incumbent has 2.15 million votes against 1.93 million for opponent Nelson Chamisa.

Mnangagwa has large lead in Zimbabwe presidential poll - electoral commission

With nine of 10 provinces declared, the incumbent has 2.15 million votes against 1.93 million for opponent Nelson Chamisa.

03 August 2018 Friday 00:29
Mnangagwa has large lead in Zimbabwe presidential poll - electoral commission

Incumbent Emmerson Mnangagwa has a large lead in Zimbabwe's presidential poll, according to the country's electoral commission.

With nine out of 10 provinces declared the current president has 2.15 million votes against 1.93 million for opposition leader Nelson Chamisa.

Both sides had claimed victory before the official announcement, with the aftermath of polling day marred by deadly protests and clashes that have left six people dead.

The violence has seen the military sweep in and use live rounds to disperse protests over alleged vote rigging in Zimbabwe's first elections since the departure of dictator Robert Mugabe.

The violence has seen the military sweep in and use live rounds to disperse protests over alleged vote rigging in Zimbabwe's first elections since the departure of dictator Robert Mugabe.

Elections meant to restore trust in Zimbabwe after decades of Mugabe rule has instead seen familiar scenes of violence and claims of vote rigging.

There were conflicting accounts as to who was responsible for the bloodshed in the capital Harare, which followed opposition protests after it was announced Zanu-PF had won a majority in parliament.

Mr Mangwana blamed the MDC for the violence, saying "it is not entirely true protesters were not armed".

Updated: 03.08.2018 05:41
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