Anxious Zimbabwe awaits presidential results as European Union mission notes election flaws

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"I wasn't sure whether it's safe to come to work".

The most important thing for us now is to move beyond yesterday's tragic events, and to move forward, together.I am therefore calling for an independent investigation into what occurred in Harare yesterday.

In a late-night press conference, Home Affairs Minister Obert Mpofu warned that the government "will not tolerate any of the actions that were witnessed today".

The MDC Alliance's Tendai Biti's lawyer says he has noted the police's request for his client to hand himself over to them this afternoon.

Mnangagwa previously said the opposition was to blame for the violence, though some global observers criticized the military for opening fire on unarmed civilians.

The Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) said of 210 parliamentary seats, 153 had been counted with Zanu-PF winning 110 and the MDC Alliance 41.

The opposition's mood had dampened from Tuesday, when dozens of supporters gathered at their headquarters and celebrated in the belief that they had won the presidential election based on results they said they collected from agents in the field.

A government crackdown in Zimbabwe after Monday's elections has prompted worldwide calls for restraint. The country's electoral commission said on Wednesday it would set the date for the release of the final results "sometime tomorrow".

Monday's polls had been meant to turn bring an end to years of violence-marred elections and brutal repression of dissent.

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Supporters of Chamisa's MDC party have blocked streets and burned tyres.

The 94-year-old former leader had been in power since independence from white minority rule in 1980 until he was forced to resign in November after the military and ruling party turned on him.

The violence appeared to dash the hopes of Zimbabweans that the peaceful vote would lift them out of decades of economic and political stagnation under Mr Mugabe.

Yet several of those observers, including a team sent by the European Union, have expressed doubts about how the elections have been conducted - noting concerns such as "intimidation of voters, [the electoral commission's] lack of transparency in preparations, media bias and some problems around polling stations on election day".

Britain called for "calm and restraint", urging "political leaders to take responsibility.at this critical moment", while Amnesty International said the "people must be guaranteed their right to protest".

"We have also received very confidential reports that General Chiwenga has issued an order for the assassination of President Nelson Chamisa and myself".

If no presidential candidate wins at least 50 percent of the ballots cast in the first round, a run-off vote is scheduled for September 8.

Well, the country will be waiting to see what the ZEC Chairperson, Mr Priscilla Chigumba will be announcing in a couple of days. Mr Mnangagwa was largely backed by traditional supporters of the Zanu-PF, including rural voters and the elderly who still believe the party has done a lot of good for the country of some 16 million people despite the excesses of Mr Mugabe's reign.

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