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Zimbabwe stands 'on a precipice'

By News Africa, | 2008

Leading Movement for Democratic Change official Tendai Biti says party leader Morgan Tsvangirai has won 60% of the vote, against 30% for Robert Mugabe. Official results show both sides have 12 parliamentary seats so far. Mr Biti says the results are being rigged. Justice Minister Patrick Chinamasa has lost his seat, east of Harare. Local results have been posted outside most polling stations since Sunday morning. Mr Biti says the MDC has won 96 of the 128 parliamentary seats, where it has calculated results. There are 210 constituencies. But he said the ZEC was planning to announce that Mr Mugabe had won 52% of the vote - enough to avoid a run-off. Mr Mugabe has denied repeated MDC claims that he would rig the polls. Bright Matonga from the ruling Zanu-PF party told the BBC he was confident that Mr Mugabe would be re-elected and Zanu-PF would retain its majority in parliament. Riot police have been patrolling the capital, Harare, and other urban areas and residents have been told to stay indoors. BBC contributors have been reporting from around the country. * In Harare, Zanu-PF security officials have met to decide who should tell Mr Mugabe he has lost, according to a senior party source. * People in Harare are worried that the results are being rigged. * In the southern town of Masvingo, MDC supporters have stopped celebrating since reports came in that Zanu-PF had won in areas initially believed to have gone to the opposition. * In the north-western town of Hwange, people are anxiously listening to their radios for results, with those unable to afford their own radio gathering around other people's sets; the groups disperse as soon as they see any police officers because of the law banning public gatherings of more than four people. * In the south-western city of Bulawayo, many people have stayed at home in fear of violence when the results are announced.

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