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Offbeat Zimbabwe's ruling party wins majority seats in parliament: poll body

09:36  01 august  2018
09:36  01 august  2018 Source:   reuters.com

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Zimbabwe ' s ruling party ZANU-PF wins majority seats in parliament . President Emmerson Mnangagwa's ZANU-PF cruised to a big majority after picking up 109 seats against 41 for the opposition.

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a man standing in front of a crowd: Zimbabwe's President Mnangagwa arrives to vote in the general election at Sherwood Park Primary School in Kwekwe © REUTERS/Philimon Bulawayo Zimbabwe's President Mnangagwa arrives to vote in the general election at Sherwood Park Primary School in Kwekwe Zimbabwe's ruling ZANU-PF party won the majority of seats in parliament after sweeping rural constituencies by huge margins, official results showed on Wednesday, setting the stage for President Emmerson Mnangagwa's victory.

The Zimbabwe Electoral Commission results showed Mnangagwa's ZANU-PF cruising to a big majority after picking up 109 seats against 41 for the opposition Movement for Democratic Change (MDC). Another 58 seats are yet to be declared.

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President Robert Mugabe' s ruling party won a narrow majority in Zimbabwe ' s parliamentary elections, despite historic gains by the opposition and strong signs of discontent with his 20-year rule . A small independent party won one seat .

The Independence and Progressive parties that have governed in coalition since 2013 together won 29 seats in the 63-member parliament . Zimbabwe Election Body Promises Secret Ballot. East Asia.

The House of Assembly of Parliament has 210 seats and ZANU-PF would need to win 30 more to have a two-thirds majority that would allow it to change the constitution at will.

Voters in Zimbabwe pick a presidential candidate based on their party affiliation and the trend in the parliamentary election was expected to continue when results for the president are announced this week.

The opposition MDC, led by Nelson Chamisa, won in most urban centers, where it enjoys majority support.

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

Even though the election passed off peacefully, several water cannon trucks patrolled outside the central Harare headquarters of the MDC as its red-shirted supporters danced in the streets.

(Reporting by MacDonald Dzirutwe; Editing by Paul Tait)

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