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Zimbabwe’s President Emmerson Mnangagwa has been elected to a second time period with 52.6% of the vote, the electoral fee says.

Nonetheless, the opposition claimed there had been widespread vote-rigging and worldwide observers mentioned the vote fell wanting democratic requirements.

Mr Mnangagwa is barely Zimbabwe’s second president. A 2017 coup towards veteran ruler Robert Mugabe put him in cost.

Zimbabweans nonetheless face excessive inflation, poverty and a local weather of concern.

When he first turned president, Mr Mnangagwa – referred to as “The Crocodile” for his ruthlessness – promised a brand new begin for his nation’s folks.

However Zimbabwe had one of many highest inflation charges on the earth final month – costs in July had rocketed by 101.3% because the earlier yr. Unemployment additionally stays rife, with solely 25% of Zimbabweans holding formal jobs.

Mr Mnangagwa’s vow to ensure human rights additionally seems hole, with little altering on this regard since Mr Mugabe’s departure.

Supporters of Zimbabwe's President Emmerson Mnangagwa cheer at a rally ahead of elections at Robert Gabriel Mugabe Square in Harare, Zimbabwe - 9 August 2023

His supporters nonetheless convey out a cuddly crocodile toy throughout Zanu-PF rallies

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Critics say the 80-year-old silenced dissent and clamped down on the opposition within the run-up to the vote, which he had been widely-expected to win.

The Zimbabwe Electoral Fee (ZEC) mentioned Mr Mnangagwa’s fundamental challenger, Residents’ Coalition for Change (CCC) candidate Nelson Chamisa, secured 44% of the vote.

Mr Mnangagwa acquired greater than 2.3m votes, whereas Mr Chamisa took 1.9m, in response to the ZEC. Voter turnout within the nation of just about 16m was 69%, the electoral physique mentioned.

The opposition claims the vote was rigged, however the constitutional court docket has upheld the outcome.

A spokesperson for the CCC posted on X – previously referred to as Twitter – that the occasion rejected “any outcome rapidly assembled with out correct verification”.

Promise Mkwananzi, a spokesperson for the occasion, advised the AFP information company that the CCC didn’t signal the “false” closing tally and “can’t settle for the outcomes”.

He mentioned the occasion would announce its subsequent transfer quickly.

Observer missions from the EU, Commonwealth and 16-nation Southern African Improvement Neighborhood (SADC) mentioned that they had quite a lot of considerations with the vote, together with the banning of opposition rallies, points with the electoral register, biased state media protection and voter intimidation.

“The elections have been fraught with irregularities and aggrieved the folks of Zimbabwe,” political analyst Rejoice Ngwenya advised AFP.

The run-up to the election was largely freed from violence, however CCC members have been convicted on what they describe as fabricated expenses geared toward weakening the occasion. The occasion says the police have banned a number of of its conferences since July, and almost 100 gatherings because it was fashioned in January final yr.

Earlier this month, 40 CCC members, together with a parliamentary candidate, have been arrested whereas campaigning within the capital Harare.

The latest killing of a CCC backer, allegedly by supporters of Mr Mnangagwa’s Zanu-PF occasion, additional raised considerations about rights.

Critics proceed to be arrested and brought to court docket for insulting the president – an offence punishable by one yr in jail or a effective or each. A person in Harare was charged in April after allegedly being overheard by a police officer saying that Mr Mnangagwa would lose the following election.

Voting within the presidential and parliamentary elections was meant to happen on Wednesday, however was prolonged into Thursday in some areas as a result of late distribution of poll papers.

Mr Mnangagwa’s election means Zanu-PF has dominated Zimbabwe for 43 years, because the nation gained independence from British rule in 1980.

The occasion was additionally declared the winner within the parliamentary race, securing 136 of 210 seats, with the CCC taking 73. An extra 60 seats are reserved for girls and are appointed by proportional illustration.

By Maggi

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