Zimbabwe riot police break up MDC press conference

Zimbabwe riot police break up MDC press conference

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Zimbabwean policemen sit in a vehicle outside opposition MDC party headquarters in Harare. On August 3, 2018, riot police broke up a planned press conference by opposition leader Nelson Chamisa (right). PHOTO | MARCO LONGARI & ZINYANGE AUNTONY | AFP

HARARE

Zimbabwean riot police entered a Harare hotel on Friday to break up a planned press conference by opposition leader Nelson Chamisa.

Chamisa, the opposing Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) candidate, has rejected election results announced in the early hours of the morning.

The police, carrying shields and teargas canisters, prevented the event from starting at the Bronte Hotel in the capital, AFP reporters witnessed.

President Emmerson Mnangagwa was declared the winner after garnering 50.8 percent of the vote in Monday’s historic first polls since Robert Mugabe’s ouster last year.

The win was just enough to avoid a run-off against Chamisa, who scored 44.3 percent.

Chamisa has lashed out at what he called “unverified fake results”.

“The level of opaqueness, truth deficiency, moral decay & values deficit is baffling,” he wrote on Twitter.

Opposition allegations of foul play had already sparked a deadly crackdown on protesters in the capital on Wednesday when troops opened fire, killing six people.

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