Zanu-PF wins majority in Zimbabwe parliament elections, officials say

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Zimbabwe's ruling ZANU-PF party has won the majority seats in parliament, results from the electoral commission showed on Wednesday, a day after the opposition accused the agency of deliberately delaying results in ZANU-PF's favour.

Hundreds of protesters converged on the electoral commission, burning posters of President Emmerson Mnangagwa's ruling ZANU-PF party and waving Zimbabwean flags.

When voters took to the polls Monday in Zimbabwe, the air was thick with anticipation for a new political era following the ouster of strongman Robert Mugabe.

"ZEC should have released the results all at once instead of releasing them bit by bit".

Thousands of supporters of the opposition Movement for Democratic Change chanted anti-government slogans in Harare and faced off against a heavy police presence, fearing that their candidate, Nelson Chamisa, would have the election stolen from him.

Chamisa (Nelson) is the victor.

State broadcaster ZBC had reported that the electoral commission would announce the presidential results at 12:30 local time (10:30 GMT), but only parliamentary results were read out.

Police also sealed off roads to the election body's offices as the protesters headed back to the Movement for Democratic Change offices.

"The results are biased, trying to give the impression that ZANU has won", said Lawrence Maguranyi, 21, an MDC supporter and university student.

The Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (Zec) has announced 122 seats for Zanu-PF so far, and 53 for MDC Alliance, ZBC state media reported.

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Several hundred MDC supporters crowded around the party's headquarters Wednesday and started marching toward the electoral commission after Mr. Chamisa declared himself the victor.

Voters traditionally pick a presidential candidate based on their party affiliation and the trend in the parliamentary election was expected to continue when results for the president are announced this week.

"We won the popular vote and will defend it!" he tweeted.

The predicted outcome was a run-off between the two men with each falling short of the 50 percent plus one vote requirement to win outright.

"ZEC seeks to. reverse the people's presidential election victory".

Mugabe, 94, voted in Harare alongside his wife Grace after he stunned observers by calling for voters to reject ZANU-PF, his former party.

The southern African country this week held its first elections since the downfall of longtime leader Robert Mugabe in 2017.

He has accused the commission of releasing the parliamentary results first to prepare Zimbabweans for a Emmerson Mnangagwa victory.

Ninety-four-year-old Mugabe, who was accused of political violence and rigging elections during his almost four decades in power, voted in Harare alongside his wife Grace.

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