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Opposition Leader Chamisa Claims Win in Zimbabwe Vote Ahead of Official Results

© REUTERS / Siphiwe SibekoA woman casts her ballot in the country's general elections in Harare, Zimbabwe, July 30, 2018
A woman casts her ballot in the country's general elections in Harare, Zimbabwe, July 30, 2018 - Sputnik International
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MOSCOW (Sputnik) - Nelson Chamisa from Zimbabwe's opposition Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) party has announced his victory in the country's presidential election ahead of the publication of official results, adding that the MDC was ready to form a new government.

"Winning resoundingly… We now have results from the majority of the over 10,000 polling stations. We’ve done exceedingly well. Awaiting [Zimbabwe Electoral Commission] ZEC to perform their constitutional duty to officially announce the people’s election results and we are ready to form the next [government]," Nelson Chamisa said on his Twitter.

Zimbabweans elected their new president and members of parliament on Monday in the country's first vote since long-time leader Robert Mugabe was forced to step down.

Emmerson Mnangagwa, the former vice president, was sworn in as Mugabe's successor.

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The presidential ballot included 23 names, with 75-year-old Mnangagwa from the ruling Zimbabwe African National Union-Patriotic Front (ZANU-PF) party and 40-year-old Nelson Chamisa from the MDC party being main contenders.

Almost 130 parties, including the ZANU-PF and MDC, took part in the parliamentary election.

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