Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Opposition Rejects Zimbabwe Result

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Opposition Rejects Zimbabwe Result

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ZIMBABWE opposition leader Nelson Chamisa has declared "a day of mourning for democracy" and rejected the results of an election which saw President Emmerson Mnangagwa score a narrow victory.

Mr Chamisa spoke shortly after riot police briefly broke up journalists who were waiting for his statement at a hotel in Harare.

The Movement for Democratic Change leader, who received more than 44% of the vote, is alleging violence and harassment against his supporters and manipulation of the election results.

He said the opposition has evidence of vote-rigging but that the electoral commission "didn't want to listen to us".

Mr Chamisa declared that "we won this election" and urged Mr Mnangagwa to acknowledge this.

The president later said scenes of riot police dispersing journalists at the briefing in Harare "have no place in our society". …

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