Emmerson Mnangagwa declared winner in Zimbabwe's election

Emmerson Mnangagwa declared winner in Zimbabwe's election

Emmerson Mnangagwa declared winner in Zimbabwe's election

The Zimbabwe Electoral Commission is expected to announce nationwide results this afternoon.

Shortly before the announcement early Friday, a man who said he was the chief agent with Chamisa's opposition alliance claimed that they had not signed the election results and rejected them.

ZANU PF's Emmerson Mnangagwa has retained the presidency following hard-fought elections in Zimbabwe.

The elections have been marred by violent protests, in which at least three people have died. A search warrant was issued on Thursday night.

The opposition is nearly certain to challenge the results in the courts or in the streets.

Police sources say there are another ten still holed at the offices trying to buy time before their imminent arrest.

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Coupled with video of soldiers firing on unarmed demonstrators on Wednesday, the raid does serious damage to Mnangagwa's efforts to rehabilitate the image of a country synonymous with political repression and economic collapse.

Mnangagwa was a longtime Mugabe confidante before his firing in November led his allies in the military to step in and push Mugabe to resign after 37 years in power. "The police are there to do their job", police spokeswoman Charity Charamba said. "They must go about their business as always", he said on state television. How can he allege that General Chiwenga wants to assassinate him.

Instead, observers from the Commonwealth, a group of mainly former British colonies that Mnangagwa had hoped to rejoin, did not mince words in condemning the military's conduct.

The United Nations and European Union both urged restraint, while Britain, a supporter of the "new" post-Mugabe Zimbabwe, said it was "deeply concerned" by the violence.

Mr Mnangagwa said the government was in talks with Mr Chamisa to defuse the crisis and proposed an independent investigation to bring those who were behind the violence to justice.

"I think this peaceful and democratic election will send a good signal to the Chinese investors, you should expect more investments from China - more entrepreneurs both public and private coming to invest because for any foreign investor, a peaceful environment, a consistent policy and a stable Government and situation are very important".

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