- Mnangangwa was declared the winner of Zimbabwe’s disputed presidential election
- Opposition party leaders had indicated that they would not accept the results
- Mnangangwe has been in power since November 2017, after the resignation Robert Mugabe
Incumbent Emmerson Mnangagwa has won Zimbabwe's presidential election, Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) announced in the capital, Harare, early on Friday, August 3.
Mnangagwa, of the ruling ZANU-PF party, won 50.8% of the votes cast, with his closest rival Nelson Chamisa, of the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) Alliance, garnering 44.3%
A candidate needed more than 50% of the votes to secure an outright victory in Monday, July 30's poll, Aljazeera reported.
Shortly after the announcement of the results, Mnangagwa took to Twitter to thank Zimbabweans and hailed a new beginning.
Paul Mangwana, spokesperson for ZANU-PF, said the ruling party was very happy with the results.
"We're very pleased that our president has won because it means that we can now deliver the change that's promised to the people," he told Al Jazeera.
He added that if the opposition had the courage to claim fraud, then they must have the courage to face the ruling party in court claiming they were ready for the battle.
His comments came as Morgan Komichi, MDC Alliance chairperson, described the results as bogus.
"We were not given time to verify the results. This result that you are hearing has not been verified. These are bogus figures. They are bogus results, and we believe that a lot of the figures have been inflated," he said, speaking outside the National Results Centre.
Mnangagwa, a former vice president popularly known as "the crocodile" because of his political shrewdness, has been in power since November 2017.
This followed the resignation of long-time president Robert Mugabe in the wake of a military intervention.
The 75-year-old has vowed to bring in foreign investment and create much-needed jobs.
ZANU-PF, which has ruled the southern African country since independence in 1980, also won a clear majority in the 210-seat parliament.
The ruling party won 145 seats, followed by the MDC which took 63. The National Patriotic Front and an independent candidate also picked up one seat each.
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