Mnangagwa Declared Winner of First Post-Mugabe Election, Promises New Beginning
Mnangwagwa Calls for Unity after Zimbabwe Election Results Announcement
The Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (Zec) has declared President Emmerson Mnangagwa the winner of Monday’s election after opposition allegations that the poll had been rigged.
The election was the first since the ouster of long-serving president Robert Mugabe — and the first post-independence presidential poll without Mugabe as a candidate.
Zec results indicated that Mnangagwa had polled 50.8 per cent of the total votes cast, and will therefore escape a run-off election.
His main opponent, Nelson Chamisa of the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) Alliance, garnered 44.3 per cent of the vote.
The MDC said it was difficult to verify the results announced by Zec.
There was dram when police ejected opposition officials from the electoral commission stage after they rejected the announced results.
Earlier on Thursday, hours before the Zec declaration, Chamisa told reporters that Mnangagwa’s Zanui-PF was “trying to bastardise the result”.
Chamisa said MDC Alllinace “will not allow” the bastardization of the will of the people.
There was “absolutely no skulduggery”, said Zec.
Emmerson Mnangagwa: My Win is a New Beginning
“I am humbled to be elected President of the Second Republic of Zimbabwe,” said Mnangagwa after the Zec announcement.
“Though we may have been divided at the polls, we are united in our dreams. This is a new beginning. Let us join hands, in peace, unity and love, and together build a new Zimbabwe for all!”