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Zimbabwe Resembles Ghost Town After Clashes

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Zimbabwe Resembles Ghost Town After Clashes

Zimbabwe's capital city of Harare resembled a ghost town Thursday less than 24 hours after three people were killed in clashes between opposition protesters and security forces over the results of Monday's presidential election.

Soldiers spent Thursday morning clearing the central business district, warning people to leave by noon. Taxi ranks were full of commuters attempting to find a way out.

Shop fronts were locked and riot police surrounded the headquarters of the opposition Movement for Democratic Change and blocked off nearby streets, according to CNN and the BBC.

The elections were the first since long-time ruler Robert Mugabe was ousted in November.

The polls were intended to set Zimbabwe on a new path following Mugabe's repressive rule.

Amid the tension, Qhubani Moyo, head of the Zimbabwean Electoral Commission, said his organization was convinced it would "soon be able to give the results of the presidential elections."

"The commission urges the candidates to call for peace and withdraw supporters from any violence," Moyo added. "We need peace as we finalize the process and verify the results."

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