title: 'Zanu PF party takes decisive lead in Zimbabwe elections' published: true publish_date: '31-08-2016 14:56' taxonomy: category:

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    Robert Mugabe's Zanu PF party has won a two thirds majority in the country's parliament, according to Zimbabwean officials. The results of the presidential election have not yet been announced. VoR’s Tom Spender reports. Accepting the result In Zimbabwe, official election results have given Robert Mugabe’s Zanu-PF party a big lead and African election observers have told his opponents to accept the result. Results released by the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission gave Robert Mugabe’s Zanu-PF party a decisive lead. It gives Zanu-PF a two-thirds majority in Parliament, which is enough to change the country’s constitution. “Free, honest and credible” Meanwhile, the African Union also boosted Mugabe’s claim of victory by saying the elections had been “free, honest and credible”. Olesegun Obasanjo, head of the AU’s observer mission, said any irregularities could not have changed the final outcome of the vote. And the South African Development Community’s top election observer Bernard Membe also said the elections had been free: "We did not say it was fair. “Be sure that within 30 days of our main report the question of fairness may come but we didn't want to jump to conclusions at this point in time. “We have said this election was free, indeed it was very free." Crashing defeat Zanu-PF spokesman Rugare Gumbo claimed Mugabe himself had won between 60 and 70 per cent of the presidential vote: “It’s really a crashing defeat for the opposition and a landslide for ZANU-PF, we have never had so many people coming to vote and voting in such large numbers so we are extremely pleased.” However Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai – whose Movement for Democratic Change has been in a power-sharing government with Zanu-PF since 2009 – branded the election a “farce” and a “huge sham”. And the Zimbabwe Election Support Network, the biggest group of domestic election monitors, said the elections had been “seriously compromised” and suggested up to a million people in the nation of 12 million had been unable to cast their votes. Fungayi Mabhunu is an activist with the UK-based Zimbabwe Vigil Coalition, which opposes Mugabe, who has been in power since independence in 1980. He said Zanu-PF had learned from the 2008 election, when violence followed a disputed election result that many claimed had been won by Tsvangirai’s MDC.

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