Published: Thu, August 02, 2018
Worldwide | By Stella Potter

Zimbabwe election: Troops clash with opposition protesters

Zimbabwe election: Troops clash with opposition protesters

Even before the violence, European Union observers questioned the conduct of the presidential and parliamentary vote, the first since Mugabe's forced resignation after almost 40 years in charge of the southern African nation.

The presidential results are yet to be announced.

Members of the military gesture to the photographer as they patrol the streets of the capital Harare, Zimbabwe, August 2, 2018.

On Wednesday, the election commission announced that the ruling ZANU-PF had taken majority of the seats in parliament, winning 109 out of 210 seats with 41 going to the opposition MDC and 58 yet to be allocated. "No amount of results manipulation will alter your WILL", he said on Twitter.

Protests by MDC Alliance supporters in the city centre took an ugly turn by the afternoon.

Soldiers and police fired live rounds, water cannons and tear gas at furious protesters who threw rocks and burned vehicles Wednesday in Zimbabwe's capital, dashing the optimism of an election that the country hoped would set it on a new course after decades of Robert Mugabe's rule.

Charamba said the troops were deployed at the request of police who could not cope with the violence, and will remain under police command.

Authorities invoked Zimbabwe's Public Order and Security Act, which allows police to ban public meetings or gatherings.

"The opposition. have perhaps interpreted our understanding to be weak, and I think they are testing our resolve and I think they are making a big mistake".

"This is our government".

"We are just waiting to see what they will do next since they don't want us in town". They believe the election has been stolen, and are demanding the MDC be announced as victor.

Mangwana said: "We are very happy with the results". Why are the army here beating us?

This is the first time in 16 years that the government has allowed European Union and United States election monitors into the country.

"We are exhausted of them stealing our votes".

This group has lost all faith in the electoral system and says they will not stop until their man is in the top job - except that's not quite how elections work.

Chamisa declared an early victory on Tuesday long before the counting had been completed - including in the rural regions that tend to overwhelmingly support the ruling party.

Meanwhile, President Mnangagwa has tweeted that he was "positive" about the results and urged Zimbabweans to patiently wait for the final announcement.

"The strategy is meant to prepare Zim mentally to accept fake presidential results".

More than five million people were registered to vote, and there was a high turnout of 70 percent. "We won the popular vote & will defend it", Mr. Chamisa said.

Priscilla Chigumba, a judge who heads the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission, said she was confident there had been no "cheating" in the first election without Mugabe on the ballot.

The EU's assessment is critical in determining whether Zimbabwe can shed its pariah status as it could help attract investors and trigger an economic revival.

The President said the MDC Alliance leadership has to remove its violent supporters from the streets forthwith so that peace returns in the country.

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