Observers condemn army violence as Zimbabwe awaits election result

MDC supporters celebrate in the street outside the MDC Headquarters

The government has condemned the opposition for the protesters who threw rocks and set fires after the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission said the ruling ZANU-PF party had won a parliamentary majority in the election Monday.

The ruling Zanu-PF party has won the majority of parliamentary seats.

Chamisa, 40, said. He also accused the commission of announcing the parliamentary results first to "reverse the people's presidential election victory", and "prepare Zim [Zimbabwe] mentally to accept fake presidential results".

Nelson Chamisa, leader of the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC), the official opposition, insists he won the election, despite recent poll results indicating otherwise.

As gunfire reverberated through downtown Harare, Mnangagwa called for calm and urged patience while results were collated.

As Zimbabwe awaits the final result of the presidential election, both the MCD Alliance and ZANU-PF are confident of success.

Observers say it could be a tight race, but the opposition has said it will protest if their candidate is defeated.

Riot police patrolling outside the Commission offices later clashed with demonstrators.

Once again, they had lost the battle for control of parliament and there seemed little chance that Nelson Chamisa - their charismatic party leader - could claim the presidency.

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A Harare-based political analyst with Zimbabwe Democracy Institute, Pedzisai Ruhanya, said the results released so far could be a reflection of the will of the people but were not ideal.

Speaking in Harare this evening, President Mnangagwa said the hooliganism and violence came as a surprise, adding that the opposition party leadership is to blame. But there was no response from the MDC Alliance leader, who claimed several times on Twitter to have "won the popular vote" but provided no numbers or concrete evidence of fraud by the ruling ZANU-PF party.

Mugabe, 94, had ruled the country since it declared its independence from minority-white rule in 1980, steadily metamorphosing from a hero of the liberation to an iron-fisted leader intolerant of dissent. Both the European Union and United States missions urged the release of the presidential results as soon as possible.

The U.S. observer mission says delays in releasing the result of the presidential vote are causing "suspicions, tensions and volatility".

The party faithful had gathered at MDC headquarters in the early morning and sung, chanted and held their hands high in a collective act of protest.

The Commonwealth also urged the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission to expedite the announcement of the results of the presidential vote. We've more votes than ED (Emmerson Dambudzo).

The most important thing for us now is to move beyond yesterday's tragic events, and to move forward, together.I am therefore calling for an independent investigation into what occurred in Harare yesterday.

The opposition has spoken of vote-rigging, saying results were not posted outside a fifth of the country's almost 11,000 polling stations.

"The longer it lasts that the results of the presidential election is not known, the more lack of credibility it provides", Brok said.

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