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Zimbabwe's ruling party wins majority in parliament, European Union questions poll

Zimbabwe's ruling party wins majority in parliament, European Union questions poll

The commission's results showed President Emmerson Mnangagwa - who took over leading Zanu PF after Mugabe was ousted - won the big majority against 41 seats for the opposition Movement for Democratic Change (MDC).

Zimbabwe's ruling ZANU-PF party has won a majority in parliament, according to partial results released Wednesday.

More 58 constituencies are yet to be declared, but ZANU-PF only needs 140 seats to the garner the 2/3 majority in Parliament.

While the electoral commission has five days from the end of voting to release the final tally, the national mood is growing anxious partly because unofficial results are already swirling on social media.

Several hundred opposition Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) supporters gathered outside the party headquarters in Harare, chanting and shouting that they had won the elections.

The Zimbabwe Electoral Commission said it would start announcing results for the presidential race from 10.30 GMT. "We further urge the Defense Forces of Zimbabwe to use restraint in dispersing protesters", the U.S. embassy said in a statement, adding it was "deeply concerned" by events in the Zimbabwean capital.

"There is no way that ZANU-PF will accept an MDC victory".

Election observers from the Southern Africa Development Community (SADC) bloc said the vote was peaceful and orderly and opened the door to strengthen the country's democracy.

At the time of this report, the number of MDC supporters singing in the streets appeared to be swelling amid a heavy police presence. They believe the election has been stolen, and are demanding the MDC be announced as victor.

European Union observers are expected to give their report on Zimbabwe's presidential election Wednesday as the country waits impatiently for results of the first vote since Robert Mugabe was ousted after 37 years in power.

As expected, Chamisa did well with urban voters, his party winning 27 out of 28 parliamentary seats in the capital Harare and 11 out of 12 in Bulawayo.

The commission said it would release vote totals "sometime" on Thursday, even though it said most of the results "are here with us".

If no presidential candidate wins more than 50 per cent of the vote, a runoff will be held September 8. "A lot of the protesters I've spoken to say, 'We don't need to see any more".

The party had claimed victory and called the ZEC to announce the results immediately.

Chamisa accused ZANU-PF of trying to steal the election.

Mr Mnangagwa faces an unemployment crisis following the collapse of agriculture, hyperinflation and an exodus of investment.

Zimbabwe's historic elections were at risk of descending into familiar violent scenes as trucks carrying riot police and water cannon circled the streets of the capital last night.