Zimbabwe ruling party wins majority seats in Parliament

A voter has their finger marked ahead of casting a vote in the Zimbabwean elections on 30 July 2018

Military helicopters, tanks sent to crash the protest.

Police with shields and batons initially contained the protesters but as the situation turned violent they began chasing people through the streets.

President Emmerson Mnangagwa's party is poised to win a substantial parliamentary majority in Monday's poll - the first elections since long-serving ruler Robert Mugabe was ousted.

Earlier, the opposition MDC Alliance said that vote had been rigged and that its candidate Nelson Chamisa had won.

Scores of his supporters who had been burning tyres in the streets attacked riot police near the electoral commission headquarters. Officers responded with tear gas and water-cannon.

"I was making a peaceful protest". This is exactly why we wanted change. They believe the election has been stolen, and are demanding the MDC be announced as victor.

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However, without the worldwide community's stamp of approval for the election, Zimbabwe's next leader will struggle to unlock the billions of dollars of global donor finance needed to get the shattered economy back on its feet.

The MDC accused the election commission on Tuesday of deliberately delaying results of this week's vote to favour the ruling party, reporting irregularities in the first poll since the removal of Robert Mugabe in a bloodless November coup.

Mr Mnangagwa called for calm in a post on Twitter while results were collected.

Many protesters accused the army of unprovoked brutality. Why are the army here beating us? shooting us? "We further urge the Defense Forces of Zimbabwe to use restraint in dispersing protesters", the United States embassy said in a statement, adding it was "deeply concerned" by events in the Zimbabwean capital. You've got to sift through them and decide whether or not we actually agree with the tally that's been done.

A ZwNews corresponded has witnessed armed soldiers firing live ammunition, beating up people in the streets of Harare as military tanks head into the town centre from Msasa area.

State broadcaster ZBC reported that the electoral commission would announce the presidential results at 12:30 local time (10:30 GMT).

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The ruling ZANU-PF won 109 seats while the main opposition MDC party had 41 in the country's 210-seat House of Assembly.

The parliamentary results strengthened the chances of President Emmerson Mnangagwa holding power, but triggered MDC demonstrations in Harare and fears of clashes between angry opposition supporters and the government.

The results of the race are expected on Saturday and the European Union mission says a more detailed statement on how the election results were handled will be released soon.

Many Zimbabweans living in the CBD had planned to celebrate Chamisa's win at Joubert Park in Hillbrow, but whether this will still happen is unlikely.

Election monitors also expressed "concerns about the independence" of the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC), reporting that results had not been made public at one in five polling stations....

The EU's assessment is critical in determining whether Zimbabwe can shed its pariah status as it could help attract investors and trigger an economic revival.

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