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World condemns Zim elections

Zuma congratulates Mugabe on winning the election for the seventh consecutive time.

Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe and President Jacob Zuma. Picture: GCIS.

HARARE - President Jacob Zuma has congratulated his Zimbabwean counterpart, Robert Mugabe, on his re-election.

In a statement, Zuma urges all parties to accept the outcome of the election as observers had reported it to be an expression of the will of the people.

He commended Zimbabwe for conducting a peaceful election. However, the polls have been heavily criticised by the US, the EU and the UK.

US Secretary of State John Kerry has called on the Southern African Development Community and the African Union to address the concerns over Zimbabwe's disputed election saying the election was not credible and 'deeply flawed'.

Final results from Wednesday's election in Zimbabwe give Mugabe 61 percent of the presidential vote with 34 percent going to Morgan Tsvangirai. The ruling Zanu-PF has won more than two-thirds majority in parliament.

Australia has called for a re-run of the poll.

MDC leader Morgan Tsvangirai has refused to accept the outcome and is calling for an urgent summit involving Zimbabwe's neighbours.

ZIMBABWEANS DEVASTATED

Morgan Tsvangirai says Zimbabwe is in national mourning and all hopes have been dashed by the victory of Robert Mugabe.

Mugabe has until Wednesday to make his case to the electoral commission. Meanwhile he will give a dossier of irregularities to the Southern African Development Community (SADC) whose observer mission to the election called it peaceful and free but stopped short of calling it fair.

The election has been given the thumbs down by countries that imposed sanctions on Robert Mugabe for stealing polls in 2002 and 2009.

This is Mugabe's seventh consecutive election victory as President of Zimbabwe.