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HARARE Zimbabwe (Xinhua) -- Supporters of the opposition MDC Alliance attend a protest in Harare, Zimbabwe, August 01, 2018. Three people died and scores of others were injured Wednesday when protesting opposition supporters clashed with army and police in the capital Harare. Scores of opposition supporters took to the streets of Harare to protest against the delay in announcement of presidential election results as well as alleged rigging of the vote. XINHUA PHOTOS - SHAUN JUSA

Zimbabwe ruling ZANU-PF party sweeps majority in parliament

HARARE Zimbabwe (Xinhua) -- Zimbabwe’s ruling party has won majority seats in parliament, according to the results announced by the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) Wednesday.

Out of the 153 National Assembly seat results, the Zimbabwe African National Union-Patriotic Front won 109 and was performing strongly in rural constituencies, its traditional stronghold.

The opposition MDC Alliance was coming a distant second with 41 seats, winning mostly in urban areas where it has gained massive support.

The ZEC said it will announce the remaining results later on Wednesday.

There are 210 seats in the bicameral parliament.

Zimbabweans went to the polls on Monday to elect a president and a new parliament.

The ZEC has said the result of the presidential election is likely to be announced by August 4.
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Southern African Development Community (SADC) election
observers commend peaceful conduct of Zimbabwe polls

HARARE Zimbabwe (Xinhua) -- The Southern African Development Community (SADC) election observer mission on Wednesday hailed the peaceful and orderly conduct of the just-ended Zimbabwe elections.

Zimbabweans went to the polls on Monday to choose a president, National Assembly members and councilors.

In its preliminary statement, the mission said the elections were held in line with the country’s constitution and in a peaceful environment that provided Zimbabweans with the opportunity to exercise their constitutional right to vote.

"The pre-election phase and voting proceeded in a peaceful and orderly manner and largely in line with key provisions of legal and constitutional frameworks and in conformity with SADC provisions and guidelines governing democratic elections," the mission said.

"The harmonized elections represent a political watershed in Zimbabwe’s history as they may open a new chapter that can lead to socio-economic recovery and consolidation of democracy," it said.

The SADC election observer mission, meanwhile, urged the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) to ensure the electoral law is expeditiously aligned to the new constitution and to put in place mechanisms that will ensure Zimbabweans in the diaspora will vote in the future.

The ruling ZANU-PF party led by President Emmerson Mnangagwa looks set to win a parliamentary majority after results announced so far show that out of the 153 National Assembly seats, the party has won 109, followed by the opposition MDC Alliance with 41, while one seat went to an independent candidate and another to the opposition NPF party that is reportedly linked to former president Robert Mugabe..

There are 210 parliamentary seats in Zimbabwe. ZEC has said presidential results will be out by Aug. 4.
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China pledge to expand ties with incoming Zimbabwe government

HARARE Zimbabwe (Xinhua) -- China on Wednesday hailed the peaceful election in Zimbabwe and vowed to expand ties with the incoming government for mutual benefit of the two countries.

Head of the Chinese observer group to Zimbabwe Liu Guijin told reporters in Harare that the peaceful and credible polls will boost Chinese investments into the southern African country, which is eager to revive its economy after being in the doldrums for close to two decades.

Zimbabweans went to the polls Monday to elect a president, National Assembly members and councilors.

Results announced so far show that the ruling ZANU-PF party led by President Emmerson Mnangagwa won a parliamentary majority. Presidential election results are expected by Aug. 4.

"For Zimbabwe, this is an important moment and I hope that this election could be a new start for peace, development and prosperity," Liu said.

He said the peaceful and democratic election would send a good and strong signal to the Chinese investors.

"Definitely we could expect more investments from China, more entrepreneurs both public and private coming to invest because for any foreign investor a peaceful environment, a consistent policy and a stable government are so very important," he said.

"Chinese entrepreneurs and business people could be an effective partner of the Zimbabwe entrepreneurs and businesses. I see great potential for us to expand our cooperation," Lin said.

China, he added, had been helpful in Zimbabwe’s development processes and "definitely we are going to do so with the new government of Zimbabwe and make our contributions to Zimbabwe’s transition and development."

Meanwhile, Lin said a constructive opposition was essential in Zimbabwe and Africa to foster democracy and development.

He urged the opposition in Zimbabwe to desist from violence and to resolve any electoral disputes through legal channels.

The former Chinese ambassador to Zimbabwe also stressed the need for people of Zimbabwe to work together regardless of political affiliation.

"The spirit of working together is highly needed in Zimbabwe. Zimbabwe is bestowed with rich natural resources, well educated people and a multiparty system and I think if people could work together, different political parties work together and they can make a huge difference."

The Chinese envoy spoke as running battles ensued Wednesday afternoon between police and opposition supporters in the capital Harare protesting against alleged rigging of the election.
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