Zimbabwe Elections: President Mnangagwa Bags Second Term

The Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) has announced incumbent president Emmerson Mnangagwa as the winner of the elections held on August 23.

The representative of the ZANU-PF won 52.6% of the votes, while his opponent Nelson Chamissa of the Citizens’ Coalition for Change (CCC) party secured 44%.

However, the opposition claimed to have won, stating that there was widespread vote-rigging with observers saying the vote was void of democratic standards.

The 80-year-old is the second president Zimbabwe has had since their independence from Britain in 1980.

He replaced the long-serving president Robert Mugabe, who had ruled Zimbabwe for 37 years.

President Mnangagwa – known as “The Crocodile” for his ruthlessness, promised a new start for his country when he first became president in 2017.

Since then, Zimbabweans still faces high inflation, poverty and persistent insecurity issues.

Eleven candidates took part in the 2023 elections, with a total of 4,468,668 voters casting their votes out of the 6,623,511 who registered.

According to the electoral commission, it recorded a turnout of 68.9%.

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