Zimbabwean President Mnangagwa gets re-elected

Zimbabwe Electoral Commission declared early Friday that current President Emmerson Mnangagwa has won the nation's presidential election.

Emmerson Mnangagwa reacts during a gathering in Harare, Zimbabwe, on July 28, 2018. 

Zimbabwe's incumbent leader Emmerson Mnangagwa narrowly won the nation's presidential election on Friday as the ruling party garnered a two-thirds majority in parliament in the first vote since the fall of longtime leader Robert Mugabe.

The Zimbabwe Electoral Commission announced on Friday morning that Mnangagwa received 2,460,463 votes, representing 50.8 percent of the total votes.

His biggest rival, Nelson Chamisa from opposition MDC Alliance, received 44.3 percent of the vote. The other 21 presidential candidates shared the remaining votes.

Mnangagwa said he was "humbled" by his win.

"Though we may have been divided at the polls, we are united in our dreams," he tweeted.

"This is a new beginning. Let us join hands, in peace, unity and love, and together build a new Zimbabwe for all," Mnangagwa tweeted after a week which started with peaceful voting Monday but spiraled into deadly violence in the capital Wednesday.

Mnangagwa, 75, is Zimbabwe's second executive president after former President Robert Mugabe who assumed the position in 1987.

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