Zim elections results due at 12.30pm on Wednesday

Zim elections results due at 12.30pm on Wednesday

The tension in Harare grew after officials from the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) accused the electoral authorities of stealing their win after a delay in official results. Two additional parties also received one seat each and 58 of the total 210 were still to be announced.

The election is the first since longtime leader Robert Mugabe stepped down in November under military pressure after 37 years in power.

The EU did not understand why the release of the presidential result was taking so long, he said.

Zimbabwe's President Emmerson Mnangagwa and his main rival, Nelson Chamisa both say they are confident of victory after Monday's election.

The EU mission also said it would deliver a more detailed assessment of how the election results are handled and announced at a later stage.

"What you see here is real support - not people being brought on buses like ZANU-PF does", he said.

The MDC members say "they have stolen our election".

President Emmerson Mnangagwa of Zimbabwe called for calm on Wednesday as opposition supporters clashed with police in central Harare ahead of the announcement of this week's presidential election results.

The crowds had been there since the morning but when news came that Zanu-PF had won the majority of seats in parliament and that the presidential results were not ready, the mood turned.

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Analysts have said it was unclear whether the country's generals, who ousted Mugabe and ushered Mnangagwa into office, would accept a win by the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC).

If no presidential candidate wins more than 50 per cent of the vote, a runoff will be held September 8.

This is the first time in 16 years that the government has allowed European Union and USA election monitors into the country.

More results are expected soon with Presidential election outcome expected by midday today.

The country's commission said Thursday could be the day the results are announced and that a majority of the presidential results are at its national centre.

When Mugabe resigned last November, bowing to pressure from his former ally Mnangagwa and the military, observers both at home and overseas heralded Monday's general elections - which will decide presidential, parliamentary and local seats - as an opportunity for a clean slate.

Zimbabwe's historic elections were at risk of descending into familiar violent scenes as trucks carrying riot police and water cannon circled the streets of the capital last night.

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

Mr Mnangagwa faces an unemployment crisis following the collapse of agriculture, hyperinflation and an exodus of investment.

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