Opposition Party in Zimbabwe Says It Won Election
Mugabe's party Zanu-PF has 93 seats. Seven members of the president’s cabinet lost their spots.
Results of the presidential election are still up in the air.
The Zimbabwe Independent Election Results Centre, an independent organization tallying the vote, reported as of 2:35 p.m. EDT that Tsvangirai had 50.3 percent of the vote over Mugabe’s 42.9 percent. The parliamentary election showed the MDC ahead with 48 percent of constituencies, compared to Zanu-PF’s 46 percent.
A majority of more than 50 percent is needed to win the presidency. But Mugabe has yet to concede defeat, and reports are that his officials are preparing for a run-off election.
A March 31 Reuters clip reported that the state-run electoral commission was thought to be awarding Mugabe a win with 52 percent. In a clip from Wednesday, Mugabe backers described any claim of an MDC presidential win before the release of official tallies as “a coup attempt.”The Herald, a state-run paper backing incumbent President Robert Mugabe, predicts that there will have to be a run-off election and contends that voting was fair.
“The mission did not witness any occurrences that compromised the integrity of the votes cast,” said Lucie Kasanga, the head of Comesa, an election observer group.
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