Emmerson Mnangagwa, Zimbabwe's president, poses for a photograph following an interview in Harare, Zimbabwe, on Thursday Jan. 18, 2018. Mnangagwa shows no bitterness toward Robert Mugabe, who he served as a right-hand man through the liberation war against Rhodesia and since independence in 1980, and still calls an icon. Photographer: Waldo Swiegers/Bloomberg via Getty Images

[BREAKING] Zimbabwe Presidential Election.

Emmerson Mnangagwa has won with 2,350,711 votes, which is 52.6% of the total vote cast, while Nelson Chamisa scored 1,906, 734, which is 44% of the vote to come second.

Zimbabwe’s President Emmerson Mnangagwa has won a second and final term in office in an outcome rejected by the opposition and questioned by observers.

Mnangagwa, who took over from longtime leader Robert Mugabe after a 2017 army coup, was widely expected to secure re-election despite the country’s continuing economic crisis, with analysts saying the contest was heavily skewed in favour of the ZANU-PF party, which has ruled the country since independence and the end of white minority rule in 1980.

Mnangagwa won 52.6 percent of the vote compared with 44 percent for Nelson Chamisa, his main challenger, according to official results announced by the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) late on Saturday.

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