Britain calls for 'restraint' after Zimbabwe violence

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Troops have opened fire in Zimbabwe's capital Harare after opposition supporters went on the rampage.

The ZEC said on Wednesday, August 1, the Opposition Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) alliance managed to win only 41 seats with results for 58 seats undeclared, Al jazeera reported. "No amount of results manipulation will alter your will", he tweeted before the army was deployed on Wednesday.

Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (Comesa) praised the electoral commission for using biometric kits to register voters, saying it reduced the possibility of multiple voting.

President Emmerson Mnangagwa of Zimbabwe called for calm on Wednesday as opposition supporters clashed with police in central Harare ahead of the announcement of this week's presidential election results.

"The opposition. have perhaps interpreted our understanding to be weak, and I think they are testing our resolve and I think they are making a big mistake", he said.

"This is our government". And equally, we hold the party and its leadership responsible for any loss of life, injury or damage to property that arise from these acts of political violence which they have aided and abetted.

The Zimbabwe Electoral Commission has five days from Monday's election to release them.

"As we speak, it has been discovered that ZEC did not post V11 forms at 21% of the polling stations, and we are gravely concerned by their failure to do so", he said. Why are the army here beating us? shooting us?

This was the first time western observers were allowed to monitor the democratic process in Zimbabwe for nearly two decades. The events left three people dead.

"We are exhausted of them stealing our votes".

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"You said you were better than Mugabe you are the picture of Mugabe", shouted one young male protester wearing a white T-shirt.

Scores of his supporters who had been burning tyres in the streets attacked riot police near the electoral commission headquarters.

"We saw the deployment of military tanks and the firing of live ammunition for no apparent reason".

The ruling ZANU-PF party won a majority of seats in Parliament, the electoral commission said.

"It matters little whether this heavy-handed response came on Mnangagwa's orders: evidence that the president lacks the authority to control the security forces will be just as damning in terms of the impact on Zimbabwe's worldwide rehabilitation".

He added: "The strategy is meant to prepare [Zimbabwe] mentally to accept fake presidential results". We will bring you updates as more information becomes available. "If President Chamisa wins this election then the people of Zimbabwe will have their government", stated Nkululeko Sibanda, the MDC spokesman.

The EU's assessment is critical in determining whether Zimbabwe can shed its pariah status as it could help attract investors and trigger an economic revival.

Its population of 13 million is struggling amid shortages of foreign currency, unemployment above 80% and lack of foreign investment.

The website of the election commission, which is expected to start announcing presidential election results on Thursday, was offline after being taken out by unidentified hackers overnight.

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