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UNITED NATIONS-- The United Nations has called on the leaders and people of Zimbabwe to exercise restraint and reject all forms of violence after clashes between the police and opposition party protestors. Three deaths have been reported.

The Deputy Spokesperson of the UN Secretary-General, Farhan Haq, said here Wednesday that the UN was monitoring the situation on the ground.

Yes, we have been monitoring and we are concerned about the reports that there have been incidents of violence in some parts of Zimbabwe." he told a media briefing.

"We'd like to remind the incumbents and political parties about the commitments they made in the peace pledge and the code of conduct to ensure a peaceful electoral process. We call on the political leaders and the population as a whole to exercise restraint, and reject any form of violence while awaiting resolution of the disputes and announcement of the election results.

Three people have been killed in Wednesday's violent protests in the Zimbabwean capital, Harare, as the Zimbabwe Elecytoral Commission (ZEC) began announcing the results of election for the National Assembly.

The protestors from the opposition MDC Alliance party clashed with police who retaliated with rubber bullets and teargas. Gunfire was also heard.

The army has been deployed on the streets of Harare to assist the police.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK

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