Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) has declared ZANU-PF leader Emmerson Mnangagwa the Winner of Zimbabwe’s presidential election.
According to ZEC, Mnangagwa won with 50.8 percent of the votes cast, with his closest rival Nelson Chamisa, of the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) Alliance, garnering 44.3 percent.
Mnangagwa, a former vice president popularly known as “the crocodile” because of his political cunning and longevity, has been in power since November 2017 following a military intervention that brought down the leadership of long-time president Robert Mugabe.
The chairman of Zimbabwe’s opposition Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) Chamisa has already disputed the results saying that he also won the election. The party also rejected the results, moments before the official result was declared.
On Wednesday, six people were killed in clashes between opposition protesters and security forces in the capital Harare,
Soldiers spent Thursday morning clearing the central business district of Harare and warning people to leave by noon.