Zimbabwe President Emmerson Mnangagwa wins second term

2023-08-27 17:55:43
Zimbabwe President Emmerson Mnangagwa wins second term

Zimbabwe's elections commission said Saturday that incumbent candidate Emmerson Mnangagwa had won this week's presidential election in the southern African nation.

Mnangagwa won with roughly 53 percent of the vote, according to Reuters.

Mnangagwa, who took over from longtime leader Robert Mugabe after a 2017 army coup, was widely expected to secure re-election for a second term.

The Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) said Mnangagwa's main challenger, Nelson Chamisa, who leads the opposition Citizens' Coalition for Change (CCC) party, secured 44 percent of the presidential vote.

The ZANU-PF ruling party's supporters started singing and cheering at the results center after the elections commission said Mnangagwa had won.

A CCC spokesperson said in a post on X, formerly known as Twitter, that the party rejected "any result hastily assembled without proper verification."

Mnangagwa also narrowly defeated Chamisa at the last presidential election in 2018. The opposition alleged that the election was rigged, but the constitutional court upheld the result.

ZANU-PF denies it has an unfair advantage or seeks to influence the outcome of elections through rigging.

However, Southern African Development Community (SADC)'s mission noted issues, including voting delays, the banning of rallies and biased state media coverage.

Nicole Beardsworth, a politics lecturer at the University of the Witwatersrand, said she thought the late Saturday announcement was probably a response to the critique by SADC and other election observers.

"We all have a lot of questions about the speed with which ZEC is announcing presidential results," she said.

Voting in this week's presidential and parliamentary elections was meant to be wrapped up within one day on Wednesday, but it was extended into Thursday in some wards after the late distribution of ballot papers.


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