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Zimbabwe’s ruling Zanu-PF party wins majority in Parliament

The Zimbabwe African National Union-Patriotic Front has won 110 of 153 National Assembly seats.

Edited by: India TV News Desk, New Delhi [ Published on: August 01, 2018 16:19 IST ]

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The Zimbabwe African National Union-Patriotic Front has won 110 of 153 National Assembly seats.

The Zimbabwe African National Union-Patriotic Front has won 110 of 153 National Assembly seats.

According to ZBC state media, the Zanu-PF party was performing strongly in rural constituencies, its traditional stronghold.

The opposition Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) Alliance was coming a distant second with 41 seats, winning mostly in urban areas where it gained massive support. There are 210 seats in the bicameral Parliament.

However, the parliamentary outcome does not necessarily indicate voters’ choice of President. The result in the presidential vote—being contested by incumbant President Emmerson Mnangagwa and Nelson Chamisa of the opposition Movement for Democratic Change—is due by August 4 but expected sooner, according to the Guardian.

Zimbabweans voted on Monday to elect a President and a new Parliament in the first election since long-serving ruler Robert Mugabe was ousted. The polls attracted a high turnout of 70 per cent.

On Tuesday, the MDC Alliance said that vote had been rigged and that its candidate Chamisa had won. Overseas election monitoring teams were due to issue their reports on the parliamentary and presidential polls later on Wednesday.

(With IANS inputs)

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