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Zimbabwe's first post-Mugabe era election results marred by violence

Updated : August 03, 2018 11:18 AM IST

Zimbabwe's President Emmerson Mnangagwa won election Friday with just over 50 percent of the ballots as the ruling party maintained control of the government in the first vote since the fall of longtime leader Robert Mugabe.

Mnangagwa received 50.8 percent of the vote while main opposition challenger Nelson Chamisa received 44.3 percent. The opposition is almost certain to challenge the results in the courts or in the streets.

While election day was peaceful in a break from the past, deadly violence on Wednesday against people protesting alleged vote-rigging reminded many Zimbabweans of the decades of military-backed repression under Mugabe.

Police patrol outside the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission offices in Harare, Zimbabwe, Wednesday, Aug. 1, 2018. Zimbabwe's ruling party has won a majority of seats in Parliament according to results announced Wednesday, but the results of the presidential vote have not yet been declared Thursday Aug. 2, 2018. (AP Photo/Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi)
Police patrol outside the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission offices in Harare, Zimbabwe, Wednesday, Aug. 1, 2018. Zimbabwe's ruling party has won a majority of seats in Parliament according to results announced Wednesday, but the results of the presidential vote have not yet been declared Thursday Aug. 2, 2018. (AP Photo/Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi)
A Zimbabwean Riot policeman looks at the campaign poster of main opposition leader, Nelson Chamisa outside the party headquarters in Harare, Zimbabwe, Thursday, Aug, 2, 2018. Zimbabwe's acting President said Thursday that his government had been in touch with the main opposition leader in an attempt to ease tensions after election related violence in the capital. (AP Photo/Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi)
A Zimbabwean Riot policeman looks at the campaign poster of main opposition leader, Nelson Chamisa outside the party headquarters in Harare, Zimbabwe, Thursday, Aug, 2, 2018. Zimbabwe's acting President said Thursday that his government had been in touch with the main opposition leader in an attempt to ease tensions after election related violence in the capital. (AP Photo/Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi)
Zimbabwe police are seen outside the opposition party headquarters in Harare, Zimbabwe, Thursday, Aug, 2, 2018. Zimbabwe's acting President Emmerson Mnangagwa said Thursday that his government had been in touch with the main opposition leader in an attempt to ease tensions after election related violence in the capital. (AP Photo/Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi)
Zimbabwe police are seen outside the opposition party headquarters in Harare, Zimbabwe, Thursday, Aug, 2, 2018. Zimbabwe's acting President Emmerson Mnangagwa said Thursday that his government had been in touch with the main opposition leader in an attempt to ease tensions after election related violence in the capital. (AP Photo/Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi)
Zimbabweans walk past newspaper headlines in Harare Thursday Aug. 2, 2018. Gunfire, tear gas, and burning cars disrupted Harare's streets Wednesday as armed riot police and army troops clashed with opposition supporters after the Electoral Commission announced it delayed presidential election results.(AP Photo/Jerome Delay)
Zimbabweans walk past newspaper headlines in Harare Thursday Aug. 2, 2018. Gunfire, tear gas, and burning cars disrupted Harare's streets Wednesday as armed riot police and army troops clashed with opposition supporters after the Electoral Commission announced it delayed presidential election results.(AP Photo/Jerome Delay)
A man walks past broken shop window in Harare, Zimbabwe, Thursday, Aug, 2, 2018. Zimbabwe's acting President Emmerson Mnangagwa said Thursday that his government had been in touch with the main opposition leader in an attempt to ease tensions after election related violence in the capital. (AP Photo/Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi)
A man walks past broken shop window in Harare, Zimbabwe, Thursday, Aug, 2, 2018. Zimbabwe's acting President Emmerson Mnangagwa said Thursday that his government had been in touch with the main opposition leader in an attempt to ease tensions after election related violence in the capital. (AP Photo/Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi)
ZANU-PF supporters celebrate the victory of their candidate Emmerson Mnangagwa after Zimbabwe Electoral Commission chairwoman Qhubani Moyo announced the results of the presidential elections in Harare, Zimbabwe, Friday Aug. 3, 2018. Mnangagwa, of ZANU-PF party, was declared winner in the first vote after the fall of longtime leader Robert Mugabe. (AP Photo/Jerome Delay)
ZANU-PF supporters celebrate the victory of their candidate Emmerson Mnangagwa after Zimbabwe Electoral Commission chairwoman Qhubani Moyo announced the results of the presidential elections in Harare, Zimbabwe, Friday Aug. 3, 2018. Mnangagwa, of ZANU-PF party, was declared winner in the first vote after the fall of longtime leader Robert Mugabe. (AP Photo/Jerome Delay)
Zimbabwean's main opposition candidate Nelson Chamisa speaks at a news conference in Harare, Zimbabwe, Thursday Aug. 2, 2018. Zimbabwe opposition leader Nelson Chamisa says police have raided opposition headquarters in the capital and seized computers, while police say 18 people in the offices were arrested. The developments come a few hours before Zimbabwe's electoral commission is expected to start releasing the results of Monday's presidential election. (AP Photo/Jerome Delay)
Zimbabwean's main opposition candidate Nelson Chamisa speaks at a news conference in Harare, Zimbabwe, Thursday Aug. 2, 2018. Zimbabwe opposition leader Nelson Chamisa says police have raided opposition headquarters in the capital and seized computers, while police say 18 people in the offices were arrested.
The developments come a few hours before Zimbabwe's electoral commission is expected to start releasing the results of Monday's presidential election. (AP Photo/Jerome Delay)
Opposition leader Nelson Chamisa, centre, is greeted by supporters during a visit to see election related violence victims at a hospital in Harare, Zimbabwe,Thursday, Aug, 2, 2018. Zimbabwe's President said Thursday that his government had been in touch with the main opposition leader in an attempt to ease tensions after election related violence in the capital. (AP Photo/Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi)
Opposition leader Nelson Chamisa, centre, is greeted by supporters during a visit to see election related violence victims at a hospital in Harare, Zimbabwe,Thursday, Aug, 2, 2018. Zimbabwe's President said Thursday that his government had been in touch with the main opposition leader in an attempt to ease tensions after election related violence in the capital. (AP Photo/Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi)
ZANU-PF supporters celebrate the victory of their candidate Emmerson Mnangagwa after Zimbabwe Electoral Commission chairwoman Qhubani Moyo announced the results of the presidential elections in Harare, Zimbabwe, Friday Aug. 3, 2018. Mnangagwa, of ZANU-PF party, was declared winner in the first vote after the fall of longtime leader Robert Mugabe. (AP Photo/Jerome Delay)
ZANU-PF supporters celebrate the victory of their candidate Emmerson Mnangagwa after Zimbabwe Electoral Commission chairwoman Qhubani Moyo announced the results of the presidential elections in Harare, Zimbabwe, Friday Aug. 3, 2018. Mnangagwa, of ZANU-PF party, was declared winner in the first vote after the fall of longtime leader Robert Mugabe. (AP Photo/Jerome Delay)
Zimbabwean police officers cordon off the streets around the MDC opposition party headquarters in Harare, Zimbabwe, Thursday Aug. 2, 2018. Zimbabwe's acting President said Thursday that his government had been in touch with the main opposition leader in an attempt to ease tensions after election related violence in the capital. (AP Photo/Jerome Delay)
Zimbabwean police officers cordon off the streets around the MDC opposition party headquarters in Harare, Zimbabwe, Thursday Aug. 2, 2018. Zimbabwe's acting President said Thursday that his government had been in touch with the main opposition leader in an attempt to ease tensions after election related violence in the capital. (AP Photo/Jerome Delay)
Published : August 03, 2018 11:05 AM IST
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