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International - August 4, 2018

Election: Chamisa heads to the court following defeat

Opposition leader, Nelson Chamisa.

Opposition leader, Nelson Chamisa has vowed to head to the court following President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s announced election victory.

A victory which Chamisa has rejected saying it was fraudulent.

The electoral commission said Friday, Mnangagwa, of the ruling ZANU-PF party, won 50.8 percent of votes in Monday’s presidential poll. Chamisa, of the opposition Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) Alliance, came in second, at 44.3 percent.

“We are not accepting fake results. We are not accepting this fiction. We want a proper result to be announced,” Chamisa told reporters in the capital, Harare, on Friday.

“We will pursue all means necessary – legal and constitutional – to make sure that we protect the people’s vote,” he added.

The 40-year-old described the electoral body’s declaration of Mnangagwa, 75, as the winner of the first poll since long-term leader Robert Mugabe left office in November 2017 as “regrettable”.

“We won the election freely and fairly, and have nothing to hide or fear. Anyone is free to address the media at any time,” Mnangagwa wrote on Twitter.

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