President Cyril Ramaphosa has congratulated his Zimbabwean counterpart, Emmerson Mnangagwa, after emerging victorious in the country’s elections.
President Cyril Ramaphosa has congratulated Emmerson Mnangagwa, over his victory at the Zimbabwe polls. He has appealed to the people of Zimbabwe to accept the outcome of the elections, while also encouraging them to seek the legal route, should they take issue with the results.
The Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) declared Mnagagwa the winner in the race, after bagging 50.8 percent of the total votes, in the early hours of Friday, 3 August 2018.
The ZANU-PF leader went up against the main opposition, the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC)’s Nelson Chamisa, who received 44.3% of the votes. The commission said Mnangagwa, who will remain state leader, obtained 2.46 million votes against Chamisa’s 2.15 million.
Violence erupted on the streets of Harare on Wednesday, 1 August 2018, after the ZEC revealed that ZANU-PF was in the lead in the parliamentary vote contest. MDC Alliance supporters protested the announcement in clashes with troops, alleging vote rigging. Three people were reportedly killed in the aftermath of the unrest, which prompted Mnangagwa to call for peace.
A total 23 candidates took part in the election; some 55 parties also contested the parliamentary election, the biggest number by far since the country gained independence. Prior to the election, the country’s Constitutional Court ruled in May 2018 that Zimbabweans living abroad could not vote due to residency regulations.
The historic elections were the first without former President Robert Mugabe at the helm and less than a year after he was forced to resign in the wake of a military takeover. Mugabe ruled the country since it gained independence from Britain in 1980.
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