Zimbabwe ruling party wins majority seats in Parliament

Zimbabwe election: Both sides certain of winning

Zimbabwe election: ZANU-PF wins parliamentary majority, electoral body says

The streets of the capital, Harare, are quiet this morning, following a violent end to the announcement of parliamentary results.

"We hold the opposition MDC Alliance and its whole leadership responsible for this disturbance of national peace which was meant to disrupt the electoral process", President Emmerson Mnangagwa, who contested as Zanu-PF presidential candidate in Monday's elections, said tonight.

Mr Mnangagwa swept up votes in rural constituencies by huge margins.

Mr Chamisa is a 40-year-old pastor and lawyer and if he wins he will be the youngest candidate elected to the head of state in Zimbabwe.

While presidential results are yet to be announced, both Mr Mnangagwa and his rival MDC's Nelson Chamisa have claimed victory. How can we vote for unemployment that is now in the range of 96%? "They caused massive destruction of property which includes shops and we are now assessing the extent of damage", she said, warning that such acts will be met with the full wrath of the law.

Mnangagwa's government, meanwhile, accused Chamisa and his supporters of inciting "violence" by already declaring he had won the election, the first after former leader Robert Mugabe stepped down in November.

Anti-riot police backed by water cannon trucks monitored the demonstrators, while MDC supporters also protested outside the conference center where election results are being announced.

Gunfire was heard downtown throughout the afternoon, including near the ruling party headquarters where protesters had gathered.

Police in vehicles patrol the area a day after the clashes between security forces and opposition protesters in Harare, Zimbabwe, August 2, 2018.

MDC Alliance's Tendai Biti said there was a clear attempt by Zanu-PF to interfere "with the people's will".

"He tweeted: "#InZimHarare a couple people have been injured from the rubber bullet shots.

Its representative, Angola's Foreign Minister, Manuel Domingos Augusto, called the poll "a political watershed in Zimbabwe's history" that would lead to "consolidation of democracy". "We need security for the people".

Earlier today, Zwnews reporters witnessed soldiers shooting civilians in Harare during an MDC Alliance protests against election results.

Police fire tear gas to disperse stone-throwing opposition supporters.

"I believe that the parliamentary results were released first as a psychological ploy to dampen opposition expectations regarding the presidential vote", Prof.

Along the way, the protesters sang and danced, claiming they were protecting MDC Alliance leader Nelson Chamisa's alleged victory.

"We however encourage al students and youth to go and vote, but when the clarion call of defense has been raised, lets all do so in the interests of nation building and self cleansing from despotism", said Bassopo.

This has been seen as a pivotal election for Zimbabwe, with citizens expressing hope for change after years of economic malaise and political oppression under Mugabe.

At least one man has been shot dead by the army, reports from the scene say.

The ZEC has not announced the official results.

Though some results in local races have been announced, she said full and official results might not be announced until the weekend.

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