Incumbent Emmerson Mnangagwa has won Zimbabwe’s presidential election, according to official results, in a poll marred by deadly violence and opposition allegations of vote rigging.
After two days of claims and counterclaims, the 75-year-old incumbent secured a comfortable victory, polling 2.46 million votes against 2.15 million for 40-year-old opposition leader Nelson Chamisa.
Mnangagwa, of the ruling ZANU-PF party, won 50.8 per cent of the votes cast, with his closest rival Nelson Chamisa, of the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) Alliance, garnering 44.3 per cent, Zimbabwe’s electoral commission announced in the capital, Harare, early on Friday.
Shortly after the announcement of the results, Mnangagwa took to Twitter to thank Zimbabweans and hailed “a new beginning”.
Opposition candidate Chamisa on Friday said the release of “unverified fake” results was “regrettable”. “The level of opaqueness, truth deficiency, moral decay & values deficit is baffling,” he tweeted.