Zimbabwe Opposition Rejects Election Result

James Kirk
Author James Kirk
Collection StoriaPolitics

Zimbabwe's opposition has rejected President Emmerson Mnangagwa's narrow presidential election victory after a poll marred by deadly violence and allegations of vote rigging.

On Thursday night, Mnangagwa was declared winner of the election, the country's first since the toppling of veteran leader Robert Mugabe, with a slim lead over Nelson Chamisa, head of the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC), according to CNN and the BBC.

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Riot police have since prevented Nelson Chamisa from holding a press conference, chasing journalists away.

This was the first election since long-term leader Robert Mugabe was ousted.

Mnangagwa, who took over the ruling Zanu-PF party from Mugabe last year and was appointed President, won 50.8 percent of the vote, the election commission said, just enough to avoid a runoff. Chamisa received 44 percent.

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