Mnangagwa declared Zimbabwe President; calls for calm

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Zimbabwe President and candidate Emmerson Mnangagwa stands after casting his ballot at Sherwood Primary School in Kwekwe on July 30 2018, during Zimbabwe's 2018 general elections to elect the president and members of Parliament. (Photo by Jekesai NJIKIZANA / AFP)
Zimbabwe President and candidate Emmerson Mnangagwa stands after casting his ballot at Sherwood Primary School in Kwekwe on July 30 2018, during Zimbabwe’s 2018 general elections to elect the president and members of Parliament. (Photo by Jekesai NJIKIZANA / AFP)

Zimbabwe’s President Emmerson Mnangagwa has called for peace after a narrow election win that saw him garner 50.8% of the vote, according to the country’s electoral commission.

Zimbabwe Electoral Commission chairperson Priscilla Chigumba said Mnangagwa was “duly declared elected President of the republic of Zimbabwe, with effect from 3 August 2018”, at a press conference.

The result has been rubbished by his main challenger Nelson Chamisa, who demanded that proper and verified results be released.

“The ZEC scandal of releasing unverified fake results is regrettable. ZEC denied our election agent access to results be4 announcement… The level of opaqueness, truth deficiency, moral decay & values deficit is baffling,” Chamisa said in a tweet.

The election was the first since the ousting of former President Robert Mugabe in November last year. Mugabe recently threw his weight behind Chamisa.

There have been mixed reactions to the election that was largely peace, even as six people died in a crackdown on protests by the opposition.

Burundi’s President Pierre Nkurunziza sent his message of congratulation to the new leader: https://twitter.com/pnkurunziza/status/1025270550699094016

South African President Cyril Ramaphosa also congratulated the new president and called for calm in Zimbabwe.

His compatriot, Julius Malema, called on all peace-loving Zimbabweans to accept the result.

https://twitter.com/Julius_S_Malema/status/1025154041460994050

https://twitter.com/MinisterSBMoyo/status/1025247936752611328

https://twitter.com/TamukaKagoro77/status/1025135760113102848

https://twitter.com/Duke_fitz/status/1025158473393287173

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