Zimbabwe’s ruling party Zanu-PF has won the majority of seats in parliament, the electoral commission said on Wednesday.
President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s Zanu-PF won 109 seats against 41 for the opposition Movement for Democratic Change (MDC).
Another 58 seats are yet to be declared, but it is now impossible for the opposition MDC to win a majority in parliament.
In the first election since former president Robert Mugabe was ousted from office by a quiet coup, Wednesday’s results show there is strong support for the party which has dominated politics in Zimbabwe since independence in 1980.
The results of the presidential election, which is a separate contest, pitting Zanu-PF’s Emmerson Mnangagwa against MDC’s Nelson Chamisa, are yet to be declared, but the parliamentary results bode well for Mr Mnangagwa.
The results of the presidential race expected on August 4.
The MDC won in most urban centres, where it enjoys majority support.
The MDC accused the election commission on Tuesday of deliberately delaying results of this week’s vote to favour the ruling party, reporting irregularities in the first poll since the removal of Robert Mugabe in a bloodless November coup.
Even though the election passed off peacefully, several water cannon trucks patrolled outside the central Harare headquarters of the MDC as its red-shirted supporters danced in the streets