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Zimbabwe Ruling Party Cuts Opposition Lead in Elections

  • VOA News

The latest results from Zimbabwe's parliamentary elections indicate that President Robert Mugabe's ruling party has taken the lead.

With more than half of districts reporting, electoral officials say the ruling ZANU-PF party has won 46 of 120 seats.

The party is expected to make additional gains as results come in from rural areas, the party's traditional stronghold.

The opposition Movement for Democratic Change has won 32 seats. Opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai says Thursday's poll was a massive fraud and does not reflect the will of the Zimbabwean people. But, President Robert Mugabe has dismissed that claim as "nonsense."

A delegation from the Southern African Development Community said the elections were conducted in an open and transparent manner. But it added it is concerned about voters who were turned away from polling stations.

Some information for this report provided by Reuters, AFP and AP.