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Mugabe party wins thumping parliamentary majority

AFP, Friday 2 Aug 2013

President Robert Mugabe's party has won an overwhelming parliamentary majority in Zimbabwe's disputed elections, according to a tally of official results Friday.

With over 180 seats declared by the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission out of a total of 210 up for grabs, Mugabe's ZANU-PF had an unassailable lead.

A count of result papers from the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission carried out by AFP journalists late Friday gave ZANU-PF 137 votes out of 186 already declared.

Election officials have refused to give a running tally but have been reading the results out since Thursday night.

Anything over 140 would give ZANU-PF a two-thirds majority, enough to amend the country's constitution.

The party is expected to clear that bar later Friday when more results are given.

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