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Protests Erupt Over Election Results In Zimbabwe

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Protests Erupt Over Election Results In Zimbabwe

Zimbabwe's ruling Zanu-PF party has won a sweeping majority in parliament, electoral officials said, as opposition supporters staged protests in the nation's capital, Harare.

The electoral board said the party of President Emmerson Mnangagwa, who took power last year after a military takeover forced out former leader Robert Mugabe, had won two-thirds of the seats in the national parliament.

At least one protester has reportedly been shot dead by police.

EU monitors have expressed concern over the wait for the election result, according to CNN and the BBC.

Elmar Brok, chief observer of the European Union Election Observation Mission Zimbabwe, urged the country's electoral board to announce the results as soon as possible.

"The longer it lasts [takes] that the results of the Presidential election are unknown, the more lack of credibility arises in Zimbabwe, within the parties and within the population," he said.

Tear gas and a water cannon was also used as protesters ran away from the scene. Opposition leaders have cried foul, claiming vote rigging and media bias.

A number of protesters appeared to be beaten up by security forces as they demonstrated close to the hotel hosting international election monitors. At least one protester has reportedly been shot dead by police.

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