Mugabe wins parliament majority

The ZANU-PF leader has won a two-thirds majority in Zimbabwe's parliament.

Zimbabwe's President and Zanu PF Presidential candidate Robert Mugabe speaks at a press briefing on July 30, 2013 at the State House a day ahead of the general election in Zimbabwe. Picture: AFP.

ZIMBABWE - ZANU-PF President Robert Mugabe has won a two-thirds majority in Zimbabwe's parliament.

Zimbabweans went to the polls on Wednesday.

ZANU-PF lost its majority during the 2008 elections to Opposition leader and Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai.

Presidential results are expected to be announced later today.

This is not a surprise and was erroneously announced on Friday night that ZANU-PF had won two thirds of all parliamentary seats.

In fact the crucial 140 seats were only reached this afternoon.

This means that Mugabe's party can now change the new constitution, which had introduced a bill of rights and imposed presidential term limits.

In the 2008 election ZANU-PF lost its majority to the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC).

This is a big blow to the opposition.

Meanwhile, Tsvangirai says the results are a sham.

"We are not rejecting these results because the MDC has not won. We are rejecting these results because the election was fraudulent. And because they were fraudulent we are not accepting them. We said if the rules of the game are played fairly, we don't want a situation where the referee throws the whistle away and joins the other team."

ZIMBABWE URGED TO REMAIN CALM

UN chief Ban Ki-moon has urged both rivals to send "clear messages of calm" to supporters as tensions mount. Southern African Development Community (SADC) has also implored "all Zimbabweans to exercise restraint, patience and calm".

He has called on Zimbabwe rivals Mugabe and Morgan Tsvangirai to handle disputes over Wednesday's vote "transparently and fairly."

Moon has stressed that concerns which have been raised about certain aspects of the electoral process should be addressed through established channels which respect and uphold the will of the people of Zimbabwe.