Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 18 September 2014

Mugabe declared election victor

Robert Mugabe has been declared the winner of Zimbabwe's presidential elections (AP)

President Robert Mugabe won the Zimbabwe presidential election with 61% of the vote, compared to 34% for challenger Morgan Tsvangirai, election officials said.

The official state election commission announced results today in which Mr Mugabe Mugabe's Zanu-PF party won 158 of the 210 parliament seats, giving it a two-thirds majority in the legislature that enables it to make amendments to the new constitution and existing laws.

Mr Tsvangirai rejected Mr Mugabe's landslide victory, alleging massive voting fraud and calling for fresh elections. Mr Tsvangirai said he will challenge the results in court.

Mr Tsvangirai told a news conference that his Movement for Democratic Change party will not "participate in any government institutions" to protest against what he said was voting fraud. Mr Tsvangirai called for a peaceful response, despite the alleged voting fraud.

Zimbabwe's Electoral Commission said that Mr Mugabe's Zanu-PF party won 158 of the 210 parliamentary seats, giving it a two-thirds majority in the legislature, which will enable it to make amendments to the new constitution.

Mr Tsvangirai has said he will challenge the result in the courts and called for the elections to be re-run. And UK Foreign Secretary William Hague said that there were "serious" questions about the credibility of the election, because of irregularities both in the run-up to the ballot and on polling day itself.

"People of Zimbabwe must be given another chance to participate in a free, fair and credible election. They have been shortchanged by a predetermined election," said Mr Tsvangirai.

Mr Tsvangirai told a news conference that the outcome of the polls has extended Mr Mugabe's rule which has plunged the nation into economic and political turmoil. He said Mr Mugabe's victory in the polls has "dashed people's hopes and aspirations".

"There is no celebration, there is national mourning," Mr Tsvangirai said.

He said his party will not "participate in any government institutions" in protest but stopped short of saying it will boycott its reduced seats in the Harare parliament.

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