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  • Christine Chumbler
    Still no word on the presidential elections, but this is huge too... Mugabe s Zanu-PF loses majority President Mugabe has ruled Zimbabwe since independence in
    Message 1 of 1 , Apr 2, 2008
      Still no word on the presidential elections, but this is huge too...

      Mugabe's Zanu-PF loses majority

      Robert Mugabe
      President Mugabe has ruled Zimbabwe since independence in 1980

      President Robert Mugabe's party has lost its majority in parliament, the Zimbabwe Election Commission says.

      It says Mr Mugabe's Zanu-PF party has taken 94 of the 207 contested seats, while opposition parties have won 105. One seat has gone to an independent.

      Earlier, the opposition MDC said its leader Morgan Tsvangirai had won the presidential election. Zanu-PF said this was "wishful thinking".

      The official presidential election results have not yet been declared.

      'Anxiety and disappointment'

      The MDC released its own results to back up its claim of victory in the presidential poll.

      MDC Party Secretary General Tendai Biti said Mr Tsvangirai had won 50.3% of the vote to President Robert Mugabe's 43.8%, so avoiding a run-off.

      In his news conference, Mr Biti said there was "anxiety and disappointment" at the failure of the Zimbabwe Election Commission to declare presidential results.

      But Mr Biti said that if the election commission decided that neither of the main candidates had won outright, the MDC would be prepared to take part in a second round.


      Deputy Information Minister Bright Matonga said the claim of victory was irresponsible and could incite violence.

      And, interviewed by the BBC, he said the pattern of results from the parliamentary election suggested that there would be a second round in the presidential election.

      Asked if Mr Mugabe would take part he said: "Only the top two go for a run-off, he cannot bring in another candidate to replace another, which means that President Mugabe and Mr Tsvangirai will go for the run-off if there is going to be a run-off."

      Mr Matonga added that the delay in officially declaring the result was due to the complexity of the process, with 75% of voters living in rural areas.

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