Zimbabwe's ruling party ZANU-PF wins majority seats in parliament

MDC supporters celebrate in the street outside the MDC Headquarters

Speaking in Harare this evening, President Mnangagwa said the hooliganism and violence came as a surprise, adding that the opposition party leadership is to blame.

Mnangagwa, a former security chief nicknamed "The Crocodile", offered his condolences to the families of the victims of the crackdown and said those responsible would be brought to justice.

Three people were killed after soldiers moved into Harare on Wednesday, firing live rounds and beating protesters.

According to the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) results, President Emmerson Mnangagwa's ZANU-PF is cruising to victory after claiming 109 seats in a 210-seat parliament, Al jazeera reports.

A protester gestures toward police water cannons outside of the gates of the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission.

Some local and worldwide independent newspapers put the number of deaths at three amid reports of skirmishes between the police, members of the Zimbabwe national army and other security agents in the capital, Harare. "Are we at war?"

It called for any aggrieved candidates to "refrain from any form of violence". Associated Press journalists saw two bodies and another person who had been shot in the leg.

There have been threats of protests and the opposition parties have said they will release their own set of results. The commission, which must announce the presidential results by Saturday, has said the vote was free and fair.

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Charamba said the troops were deployed at the request of police who could not cope with the violence, and will remain under police command.

Even before the violence, European Union observers questioned the conduct of the presidential and parliamentary vote, the first since Mr Mugabe's forced resignation after almost 40 years in charge of the southern African nation.

Mnangagwa also took to Twitter, calling for calm and urging patience before the results were announced. "The strategy is meant to prepare Zim mentally to accept fake presidential results", he tweeted. We've more votes than ED (Emmerson Dambudzo). The 40-year-old vibrant leader says they have "won the popular vote".

It also expressed "serious concerns" as representatives of Western and other groups gave their first assessments of whether the vote was free and fair - crucial for lifting worldwide sanctions on the once-prosperous country.

Riot police patrolling outside the Commission offices later clashed with demonstrators.

The European Union (EU) mission has criticised the delay in announcing the presidential results.

If no candidate wins more than half the votes in the presidential election, there will be a runoff in five weeks.

As results have yet to be officially announced by the ZEC sources counting the ballots have said it is "close".

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The assessments are critical for Zimbabwe, because foreign governments, including the US, have made any financial aid conditional on holding democratic elections.

Earlier, violence erupted in Zimbabwe's capital, Harare.

Many Zimbabweans looked to the vote as a launching pad for a return to the kind of global acceptance and relative prosperity that the country enjoyed in the first part of the rule of Mugabe, who took office after independence from white minority rule in 1980. Its population of 13 million is struggling amid shortages of foreign currency, unemployment above 80 percent and lack of foreign investment.

In the capital Harare many people went about their usual daily grind, including queuing up for scarce cash outside banks.

Chamisa's MDC won in most urban centres, where it enjoys majority support. Another opposition party, National Patriot Front (NPF) won 1 and an independent candidate also took one.

"The presidential results were counted first in the polling stations therefore I have still to learn why it will be published last". His party says the election was rigged.

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