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Zimbabwe opposition challenges President’s re-election, claim victory

President of Zimbabwe Emmerson Mnangagwa

Zimbabwe‘s opposition leader, Nelson Chamisa, has contested the official re-election of President Emmerson Mnangagwa, claiming victory despite international observers criticizing the election’s lack of democratic standards.

Mnangagwa secured a second term with 52.6 percent of the vote against Chamisa’s 44 percent, as reported by the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission.

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Chamisa, who leads the Citizens Coalition for Change (CCC), rejected the results and stated that they had won the election, citing flaws in the electoral process and an inadequate electoral environment.

The election has been closely watched as a test of support for Mnangagwa’s ZANU-PF party, which has faced criticism for economic challenges and allegations of authoritarianism during its long rule.

Observers from the European Union, the Commonwealth, and the Southern African Development Community (SADC) listed concerns such as opposition rally bans, biased media coverage, and voter intimidation.

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Despite the criticism, Mnangagwa thanked election observation missions, while international figures urged peaceful dispute resolution.

The re-election has stirred tensions in Zimbabwe, with Chamisa contesting the outcome and international observers raising concerns about the electoral process’s fairness.

The outcome of this election has significant implications for Zimbabwe’s political landscape and its relationship with international partners.

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