Africa’s oldest president has secured a further five years in office. Robert Mugabe, 89, has won 61 percent of Zimbabwe’s presidential vote, according to election officials.
He was trailed by opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai at 33 percent. Tsvangirai said he will challenge the result in court – claiming fraud – and is demanding a fresh poll.
At a news conference, the presidential rival urged a peaceful response to the alleged rigging by Mugabe’s ZANU-PF party.
“Our people are disciplined people. If it was another country, they would burn down the building,” said Tsvangirai.
“They have not chosen to do that because they know, at the end of the day, we don’t want any violent resolution of this crisis.”
It is claimed thousands of voters were prevented from casting their ballots because of registration issues.
The US says the result is a culmination of a “deeply flawed process.” The European Union has also expressed concerns.