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Zimbabwe

Opposition ‘has won’ Zimbabwe election, party official claims

Movement for Democratic Change accuses the government of delaying publication of the results

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 31 July, 2018, 10:14pm
UPDATED : Tuesday, 31 July, 2018, 10:14pm

Senior opposition MDC official Tendai Biti on Tuesday said party leader Nelson Chamisa had won Zimbabwe’s presidential election, and alleged that the authorities were delaying the publication of results.

“The results show beyond reasonable doubt that we have won the election and that the next president of Zimbabwe is Nelson Chamisa,” said the Movement for Democratic Change’s (MDC) Biti, who was the respected finance minister in the 2009 – 13 power-sharing government.

“We are however seriously concerned about evidence of interference … there is a deliberate delay in announcing the results. This delay is totally unacceptable,” he told a press conference at the party’s headquarters in Harare. “We have won the election, we are now daring ZEC (Zimbabwe Electoral Commission) to announce the result. We have done an impossible thing.”

His announcement set off celebrations among party supporters outside the building, but no official results have yet been declared.

Both President Emmerson Mnangagwa, of the ruling ZANU-PF party, and Chamisa earlier said they were ahead in the count after Monday’s election, the country’s first vote since the removal of long-time ruler Robert Mugabe in a de facto coup.

ZANU-PF has had an iron grip on power since independence from British colonial rule in 1980, and victory for the opposition would be a major upset.