Zimbabwe election: Harare streets cleared before announcement of results

Zimbabwe election: Harare streets cleared before announcement of results

Zimbabwe election: Harare streets cleared before announcement of results

However, Mangwana is of the view that the ruling party has won despite ZEC having not announced the results, three days after the country's first plebiscites post the Robert Mugabe era.

The election commission said that it would start announcing the results of the presidential election this evening.

The election was the first since Robert Mugabe was forced to resign after almost 40 years in power.

The U.S. Embassy in Harare also weighed in, tweeting, "Zimbabwe has an historic opportunity to move the country towards a brighter future for all its citizens".

In his first public appearance since the vote on Monday, Chamisa urged his supporters to be calm and await "massive celebrations" for his victory.

Almost all shops in downtown Harare were shuttered and the normally bustling pavements quiet the day after the bloodshed.

Police also sealed off roads to the election body's offices as the protesters headed back to the Movement for Democratic Change offices.

"I wasn't sure whether it's safe to come to work".

In a late-night press conference on Wednesday, Home Affairs Minister Obert Mpofu warned further protests would not be tolerated.

"I was making a peaceful protest".

Mnangagwa previously said the opposition was to blame for the violence, though some global observers criticized the military for opening fire on unarmed civilians.

Three people were killed in Zimbabwe's capital Harare after troops opened fire on rioting opposition supporters, police say.

The military deployment was the first time that soldiers had appeared in the capital's streets since a military takeover led to the ouster of Mugabe in November.

"What you see here is real support - not people being brought on buses like ZANU-PF does", he said.

Mnangagwa had promised a free and fair vote after the military ushered him to power when Mugabe was forced to resign. Hundreds of angry opposition supporters outside Zimbabwe's electoral commission were met by riot police firing tear gas. It called for transparency in the release of results.

Elmar Brok, head of the European Union observer mission, said there were "many shortcomings" in the election, but it was unclear whether they influenced the results.

Mnangagwa, whose ruling ZANU-PF party has already secured a parliamentary majority, called for unity and peaceful settlement of differences.

The clip and the AFP photo accompanying it are set to become symbolic of the violence and bloodshed that will mark the date August 1 2018 in Zimbabwean history forever.

Of the 102 National Assembly seats announced by the time of going to print last night, Zanu-PF had bagged 73, MDC-Alliance 28, while one seat went to the National Patriotic Front (NPF).

President Emmerson Mnangagwa says the MDC Alliance leadership is responsible for the disturbances that rocked Harare's central business today.

ZEC chairwoman Priscilla Chigumba, a high court judge, has flatly denied allegations of bias and rejected accusations of rigging.

He has repeatedly accused ZANU-PF and election authorities of trying to use a flawed electoral register and fixed ballot papers to steal the election.

But Chamisa, a lawyer and pastor, sought to tap into the youth and urban vote.

The opposition has claimed victory.

A record 23 presidential candidates are in June cleared to stand.

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