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Zanu-PF takes Parliament - ZEC

Zimbabwe’s electoral commission says Zanu-PF has won 142 seats in the country’s 210 member Parliament.

FILE: Zimbabwean president Robert Mugabe at a campaign Rally in Harare, Zimbabwe. Picture: Taurai Maduna/Eyewitness News

HARARE - Initial results on Friday from the disputed Zimbabwean elections show the ruling Zanu-PF has won a two-thirds majority in Parliament.

The country's neighbours have called on the people of Zimbabwe to remain calm and accept the outcome of Wednesday's polls.

But the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC)'s Morgan Tsvangirai has written off the election as an outright sham and is now planning mass protests.

The Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) says Zanu-PF has won 142 seats out of 210.

The two-thirds majority will enable it to amend the country's new constitution that, among other things, puts a term limit on the presidency.

Mugabe looks set to win the highest office again, remaining as Africa's oldest president at 89.

Tsvangirai who went into the election predicting it would conclude Mugabe's 33-year rule, might himself be facing his political end after three failed attempts at unseating the nation's leader.

Meanwhile, the African Union observer mission monitoring the elections has declared the process free, fair and credible.

Head of the mission, former Nigerian president Olusegun Obasanjo, says while there might have been minor problems, the will of the Zimbabwean people has been expressed.

The victory cry came amidst warnings from authorities that they would arrest anyone who released figures before the official results are made public on 5 August.

A senior aid to Mugabe told Reuters on Thursday the 89-year-old incumbent had beaten Tsvangirai outright.

"We've taken this election. We've buried the MDC. We never had any doubt that we were going to win," the source told Reuters by phone.

ZANU-PF's announcement was followed by Tsvangirai announcing he had conceded defeat.