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Tuesday 14 August 2018

Zimbabwe police break up opposition event amid election turmoil

The electoral commission declared Emmerson Mnangagwa was the winner of this week’s poll.

Police arrive at a press conference by opposition leader Nelson Chamisa in Harare (AP)
Police arrive at a press conference by opposition leader Nelson Chamisa in Harare (AP)

By Christopher Torchia and Farai Mutsaka, Associated Press

Zimbabwean police with batons and shields have broken up a press conference by opposition leader Nelson Chamisa, who has alleged that the presidential election was rigged.

Police have chased away reporters without explanation, and there was no sign of Mr Chamisa.

The electoral commission announced that President Emmerson Mnangagwa, a former enforcer of longtime leader Robert Mugabe, had narrowly won Monday’s vote.

The opposition has threatened to challenge what they call the “fake” election results in court.

Press Association

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