Zimbabwe election: Mnangagwa narrowly wins presidential poll

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Electoral commission announces results in nine of 10 provinces

Emmerson Mnangagwa, Zimbabwe’s president and the leader of the ruling Zanu-PF party, appears on track to achieve a narrow win and avoid a runoff in the country’s historic and hotly contested presidential election.

Officials from the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) announced late on Thursday night that Mnangagwa had received about 2.15m votes out of approximately 4m cast in nine out of 10 provinces where counts had been completed. Results for the final province, Mashonaland West, which has 600,000 registered voters and is known as a Zanu-PF stronghold, are likely to be declared early on Friday morning.

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