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HARARE-- Incumbent Emmerson Mnangagwa has been re-elected president of Zimbabwe after winning Monday's presidential election by capturing 50.8 per cent of the votes cast.

The Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) said here early Friday that Mnangagwa of the ruling ZANU PF party garnered 2.5 million votes against 2.1 million votes for Nelson Chamisa, his main rival, from the MDC Alliance party.

More than 75 per cent of the 5.6 million registered voters took part in the election in which they were also electing Members of Parliament and local government representatives.

A total of 23 presidential candidates took part in the presidential race, but the main contest was between the incumbent and Chamisa.

ZEC Chairperson Justice Priscilla Chigumba declared President Mnangagwa the winner and as the duly elected candidate effective Aug 3 after announcing presidential results from all the country's 10 provinces.

Now I therefore, Priscilla Makanyara Chigumba, the chairperson the of the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission, in terms of Section 110, subsection 3(Electoral Act).do hereby declare .... Mnangagwa Emmerson Dambudzo ..... duly elected President of the Republic of Zimbabwe with effect from the third of August 2018, she said.

To win a presidential election in Zimbabwe, the winner requires at least 50 per cent plus one vote.

Chamisa's representative at the election's command centre, his party chairman, Morgan Komichi, however immediately disputed the results, describing them as fake.

The party had earlier said it would not accept a result which was not favourable to its prediction of a win.

Chamisa even claimed that he had won the popular vote before the official announcement was made.

Ahead of the announcement of the tightly contested presidential vote, both leading contenders expressed confidence they would win the poll, the first in nearly 40 years in which former president Robert Mugabe is

not taking part.

Both campaigned on the platform of economic reform to revive an economy ruined by decades of western sanctions, and mismanagement.

Earlier, President Emmerson Mnangagwa's party had been declared the winner of the parliamentary elections after winning 145 of the 210 seats, according to the ZEC. Chamisa's MDC Alliance trailed a distance second, with 63 seats while two of the remaining seats went to the National Patriotic Front and an independent candidate.

The ZEC described the 2018 general elections as a resounding and unqualified success that was characterised by a high voter turnout, estimated at about 75 per cent.

We hope that the leadership of this country will find each other and close ranks and take this beautiful nation forward, said ZEC deputy chairperson Emmanuel Magade.