Mugabe wins Zimbabwe presidential poll

ZANU PF party supporters hold a banner of their presidential candidate during a rally to launch his re-election campaign on July 5, 2013.

Zimbabwe Electoral Commission has declared incumbent President Robert Mugabe as winner of presidential election.

Official results show that Mugabe has been reelected for another term with 61 percent of the vote. The election commission said Mugabe’s challenger Morgan Tsvangirai won 34 percent of the vote.

Mugabeâ„¢s Zanu-PF party also won the majority of seats at the parliament. The ruling party has won 137 seats in the 210-seat chamber, just short of two-thirds.

The situation is now tense in Zimbabwe after Mugabeâ„¢s victory in the parliamentary and presidential elections.

Minister of Justice Patrick Chinamasa has challenged the opposition leader to take his complaints to the courts.

“If anyone is dissatisfied, the courts are there. I invite Tsvangirai to go to court if he has any grounds to justify what he has been saying,” media outlets quoted Chinamasa as saying.

Prime Minister Tsvangirai says his party Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) will boycott Mugabeâ„¢s government and will challenge the result of the election in courts.

Meanwhile, a top electoral official has resigned in protest at the countryâ„¢s voting system. The official said the Wednesday polls did not meet the benchmark of fairness.

Mugabe and Tsvangirai have been sharing power since 2009, following a deal brokered by a regional bloc to end the unrest sparked after a disputed poll in 2008.

Mugabe has become Africaâ„¢s oldest leader at 89, having ruled Zimbabwe since its independence in 1980.


Republished from: Press TV