Zimbabwe Election Results: Ramaphosa Congratulates President Mnangagwa

Emmerson Mnangagwa narrowly defeated rival, Nelson Chamisa, in the presidential elections, to assume the throne as Zimbabwe’s head of state.

South African President, Cyril Ramaphosa, who is also chairman of the Southern African Development Community (SADC), has congratulated Mnangagwa on his victory.
Zimbabwe Election Results: Ramaphosa Congratulates President Mnangagwa
News24 has reported on a statement released by the presidency of South Africa. While Ramaphosa acknowledged Mnangagwa’s accomplishment, the SADC chairperson has called for calm and restraint in post-election Zimbabwe.

Zimbabwe Election-Related Riots

Vicious riots broke out in the nation’s capital, Harare, immediately following the voting process, with official opposition party leader of the MDC, Chamisa, throwing doubt on the reliability of the voting process and subsequent results.

It’s been reported that six people have died as a result of election-related clashes on Wednesday.
Zimbabwe Election Results: Ramaphosa Congratulates President Mnangagwa
While these elections have been dubbed ‘free and fair’ by Mnangagwa and his associates, it’s not only Chamisa that is disputing the results. The European Union (EU) delegation tasked with observing the voting process have reported on voter intimidating and media bias.
Ramaphosa on Zimbabwe election
A statement regarding Ramaphosa’s congratulatory phone call to Mnangagwa, reads:

“President Ramaphosa has appealed to all political leaders and the people of Zimbabwe to accept the outcome of the election and should they have challenges, they must follow legal remedies provided for in the Constitution and electoral law.”

It’s been reported that Mnangagwa only just managed to scrape through a victory, with the elected president gathering 50.8% of the vote.

Nelson Chamisa came in second with 44.3% of the vote, and since rejected the results outright, sparking fears of further protest action.
Zimbabwe election results: Free and fair?

Chamisa has accused the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) of siding with Mnangagwa and Zanu-PF, saying:
Zimbabwe Election Results: Ramaphosa Congratulates President Mnangagwa
“The ZEC scandal of releasing unverified fake results is regrettable. ZEC denied our election agent access to results be4 [sic] announcement. ZEC must release proper & verified results endorsed by parties. The level of opaqueness, truth deficiency, moral decay & values deficit is baffling.”

Meanwhile, in contrast to the EU report – both the African Union (AU) and the SADC have endorsed the Zimbabwe election results.
Zimbabwe Election Results: Ramaphosa Congratulates President Mnangagwa
A statement released on behalf of South African president Ramaphosa, reads:
“President Ramaphosa concluded his phone call by expressing his commitment to working closely with the president elect, Mr Mnangagwa to enhance the historical, political and fraternal relations which exist between South Africa and Zimbabwe, with particular emphasis on strengthening economic cooperation in priority areas as mutually identified by the two countries.”

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