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Mnangagwa Wins Zimbabwe's Presidency After Deadly Protests

  • Western observers noted serious flaws in electoral process
  • Main opposition has rejected election outcome as rigged
Emmerson Mnangagwa

Emmerson Mnangagwa

Photographer: Waldo Swiegers/Bloomberg
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Emmerson Mnangagwa won Zimbabwe’s presidential election, a victory overshadowed by deadly protests, opposition allegations of rigging and threats of legal action, and criticism by observers that the contest was flawed.

The controversy surrounding the vote may undermine efforts to reunify the southern African nation and rebuild an economy battered by almost two decades of misrule under Robert Mugabe, who was forced to quit in November. The country also risks a repeat of unrest that claimed six lives on Wednesday, when soldiers fired live rounds at fleeing demonstrators.