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Un Calls On Zimbabwe To Reject Violence

Un Calls On Zimbabwe To Reject Violence

Mr Mnangagwa's Government has accused Mr Chamisa and his supporters of inciting violence by declaring he had won.

The electoral commission warned that final results of the presidential first round may not be known until Friday or even Saturday.

He added: "The strategy is meant to prepare [Zimbabwe] mentally to accept fake presidential results". We've more votes than ED.

"We won the popular vote and will defend it!" he tweeted.

However, many analysts have said they expect a win for Mnangagwa, a Zanu-PF veteran who replaced long-time president Robert Mugabe after he was ousted in a military coup in 2017.

As results have yet to be officially announced by the ZEC sources counting the ballots have said it is "close".

Automatic gunfire has been heard all afternoon as troops attempt to disperse protestors. Gunfire was heard and an army helicopter flew in the skies above Harare, witnesses said.

"People must be guaranteed their right to protest", he said.

Zimbabwean police have defended their decision to call for army back up to deal with Wednesday's violence in Harare, saying they did not have enough officers. "Now is the time for responsibility and above all, peace".

Three people have died after today's political violence rocked Harare as MDC Alliance supporters protested against the election results.

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It is also reported they have fired water cannons.

However, Douglas Mwonzora, a top MDC Alliance official, told the BBC's Andrew Harding that the endorsement on Sunday of their candidate by Mr Mugabe had cost the party votes. Both the European Union and USA observer missions urged the release of the presidential results as soon as possible, with the lead observer for the US team, former Liberian leader Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, warning that "the more the presidential vote is delayed, the more it calls into question the population's confidence in the election process". Unreasonably inflated figures from so called ZANU-PF strongholds are worrying against the backdrop that in 21% of polling stations mostly in those areas results were not posted as required by the law.

The EU mission said this is a preliminary statement and more is expected on how the election results are handled and announced.

Without the stamp of approval of the global community, Zimbabwe's next leader will struggle to unlock the billions of dollars of worldwide donor finance needed to get the shattered economy back on its feet.

"The results are biased, trying to give the impression that ZANU has won", said Lawrence Maguranyi, 21, an MDC supporter and university student.

"People are saying how can we vote for poverty that has plagued us for 38 years?"

"You voted for total Change in this past election!" the lawyer and minister said.

The developments came to light after a senior MDC official revealed the way forward as ZEC announces results.

A United States team said the election "fell short of what was needed", citing ZEC's lack of independence, the use of food, fertiliser and seed to buy votes and the ballot design which gave President Mnangagwa an inexplicably prominent position.

So far there have been no reports of violence despite vandalism and fires being started in the streets. After the announcement, it will be critical to see if the opposition parties will accept the results.