Zimbabwean President Emmerson Mnangagwa has narrowly won the country’s landmark election with just over 50 percent of the vote, ahead of his main rival, MDC Alliance  leader who received 44 percent.

Zimbabwean Electoral Commission (ZEC) chairperson, Priscilla Chigumba made the announcement in Harare early on Friday morning.

“Now therefore, I, Pricilla Makhanyara Chigumba,  Chairperson of the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission do hereby declare that the votes received by Mnangagwa Dambudzo Emmerson of ZANU-PF party are more than half of the votes cast in the presidential election – therefore Mnangagwa Dambudzo Emmerson of ZANU-PF party is duly declared the elected president of the Republic of Zimbabwe, with effect from the 3rd of August 2018.”

ZANU-PF supporters are celebrating Mnangagwa’s victory and the situation in Harare is reported to be peaceful.

This is in stark contrast However, to the situation on Thursday, when six people were killed during violent protests in Harare following the announcement of the National Assembly election results.

Mnangagwa’s victory brings hope for much needed change in Zimbabwe. He is expected to be inaugurated in a few days.

 

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