Zimbabwe election: Opposition calls poll results a 'coup'

| Updated Aug 03, 2018 at 3:47pm


The president's supporters welcomed the news of his victory


Zimbabwe's opposition leader has said President Emmerson Mnangagwa's election victory is a "coup against [the people's] will".

Nelson Chamisa repeated his claim that the results announced late on Thursday night were fake, and said he had won Monday's presidential poll.

The electoral commission said "no skulduggery" was involved in the vote tally.

This was the first election since long-term leader Robert Mugabe was ousted.

Earlier, in a tweet, Mr Mnangagwa urged Zimbabweans to unite to create "a new beginning" after a vote that was intended to set Zimbabwe on a new path following years of repressive rule.

But addressing journalists on Friday afternoon, Mr Chamisa called on his rival not to accept "corrupted results".

He also questioned the length of time it had taken to count and tally the presidential ballot.