Zimbabwe election : Mugabe’s party in a razor-thin lead

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Zanu PF (the ruling party) has taken a slender lead claiming 26 seats from 52 results just announced.

from our correspondent in Harare

Zanu Pf won 7 while Morgan Tsvangirai’ MDC got 6. So far Zanu pf has 26 seats while MDC has 25.

The other MDC faction led by Professor Arthur Mutambara led MDC has
picked one seat. In the latest announcement at 6:30 pm, the third so far, Joyce Mujuru, the current vice president polled 13 236, while his opponent Madzudzo Gora just garnered 1 792.

Currently two ministers have lost their constituencies as Zimbabwe’s
electoral body is slowly releasing the long awaited results of weekend’s general elections.

Justice Minister Patrick Chinamasa lost his Makoni Central seat. Chen Chimutengwende, former Minister of Public and Interactive Affairs who has been in an out of Mr Mugabe’s cabinet also lost in the rural Mazowe Central constituency, the ZEC announced.

The MDC’s Mr Prince Madibe won the seat of Chegutu West, a newly-formed constituency around 100 kilometres (65 miles) west of
the capital Harare, in the first indication that the opposition had
made serious inroads into Mr Mugabe’s strongholds in rural areas.

A Zanu PF representative also picked up a seat in the capital Harare,
an opposition stronghold but the general trend saw the ruling party
losing by huge margins in urban areas.

More results were expected to be announced late into the night. MDC still claims its leading.

The first official results emerged some 36 hours after polls closed and no details were given on the presidential vote, in which Mugabe faces his most formidable political challenge of 28 years in power.

Former colonial ruler Britain and the European Union called for results to be released as soon as possible.

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