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Emmerson Mnangagwa becomes the third elected president of Zimbabwe

For winning 50.8% of the votes, President Mnangagwa narrowly missed a run-off election against his main rival, Nelson Chimasa.

The country's electoral commission said President Mnangagwa won 50.8% of votes, compared to 44.3% for opposition leader Nelson Chamisa in all the 10 province results declared.

For winning 50.8% of the votes, President Mnangagwa narrowly missed a run-off election against his main rival, Chimasa.

Zimbabwe's local newspaper, Herald, reported on Friday, August 3, 2018, that the Chimasa has finally admitted that his party lost the 2018 parliamentary elections to the ruling Zanu-PF. He had earlier claimed that he won the presidential elections and accused the electoral commission of trying to manipulate the votes.

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In a Twitter post on Thursday night, President Mnangagwa said he was "humbled", and called the result "a new beginning".

President Mnangagwa took over from the former Zimbabwean president and long-serving leader, Robert Mugabe, last November in a bloodless coup and promised to organise a free and fair election.

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