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ZANU-PF arty coasts to victory in Zimbabwe polls

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Zimbabwe’s ruling ZANU-PF party has won the parliamentary election with 109 seats, gaining a clear majority, according to the Electoral Commission.

Al-Jazeera reports that the opposition Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) party managed to win only 41 seats with results for 58 seats still to be announced, the election body said on Wednesday.

The election held on Monday was Zimbabwe’s first general election since long-term President Robert Mugabe was removed from office last year.

The commission has not yet given any clarity on who might become the country’s next president.

On Tuesday, opposition leader Nelson Chamisa said he was “winning resoundingly” but the Electoral Commission denied his victory claims.

Hours later, President Emmerson Mnangagwa of the ruling ZANU-PF said he was “positive” of the election outcome.

“I am delighted by the high turnout and citizen engagement so far. The information from our reps on the ground is extremely positive!” Mnangagwa, said on Twitter.

A presidential runoff will be held on September 8 if a candidate does not secure more than 50 percent of the vote.

“I am sure no one wants to provoke the wrath of the law and risk being sent to jail.”

The election trend has also further demystified Mugabe. as voters appeared to have ignored his last minute directive urging them to reject ZANU-PF candidates who removed him from office, via a defacto military coup.

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