HARARE-- Foreign leaders, including the presidents of South Africa and Burundi, have congratulated President Emmerson Mnangagwa for his emphatic victory in Zimbabwe's presidential election held Monday in which he garnered 50.8 per cent of the votes for an outright win, obviating the need for run-off polls.

In a statement posted on his Twitter page on Friday, South African President Cyril Ramaphosa urged all Zimbabweans to accept the election results.

"Congratulations to His Excellency Emmerson Mnangagwa on his election as President of Zimbabwe. We urge the people of Zimbabwe to accept the outcome of the election, or follow the legal route should they wish to

challenge it. We look forward to great working relations with you," he said.

Burundi'sPresident Pierre Nkurunzinza wished President Mnangagwa the best in his quest to revive the country's economy.

"Dear Mr. President Mnangagwa, on behalf of the Burundian people and on my own behalf, I would like to extend my sincere congratulations on your election as President of Zimbabwe. I wish you much success and good health for the prosperity of your country and Africa," he said in a message.

Tanzanian President John Magufuli said President Mnangagwa's victory was testimony of the confidence Zimbabweans had placed in his vision.

"Comrade Mnangagwa, on behalf of the Government and people of Tanzania, I convey my sincere congratulations on your victory in the Presidential election of Zimbabwe. Your victory is a reflection of the confidence reposed in you by the people of Zimbabwe in leading them to prosperity," he said.

The leader of the South African opposition party, the Economic Freedom Fighters, Julius Malema,reiterated the need for all Zimbabweans to accept the election results.

"Congratulations Comrade President Mnangagwa and all peace loving Zimbabweans should accept the results. You fought a good fight, Honorable Chamisa and we remain inspired," said Malema.

The Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) said President Mnangagwa garnered 2.5 million votes against 2.1 million for Nelson Chamisa, his main rival. To win a presidential election in Zimbabwe, the winner requires at

least 50 per cent plus one vote.

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

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