The party of Zimbabwe‘s President Robert Mugabe has failed to regain its parliamentary majority after a partial recount of votes from polls last month.
Zimbabwe’s Electoral Commission said results were unchanged in 18 of 23 seats where recounts had taken place. Mr Mugabe’s Zanu-PF needed to win nine seats to regain its majority, lost for the first time since 1980.
The opposition MDC says it also won presidential polls, although those results remain unreleased. The Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) said the presidential results could be announced after the completion of the recounts, expected by Monday.
But ZEC Chairman George Chiweshe said a “verification and collation” process would take place with agents of the presidential candidates before the long-awaited results were released.
MDC spokesman Nqobizitha Mlilo told the BBC the recount results “only serve to confirm what we’ve always said in the past, that… we won this election hands down”. Deputy Information Minister Bright Matonga told AFP news agency that the recount results showed the electoral system was “transparent”.
Get out of Zimbabwe, more …transparent message than this cannot be!!!
Zimbabwe‘s electoral commission has released seven more results from a partial recount of last month’s parliamentary elections.
None of the original results were overturned, making it difficult for the ruling Zanu-PF party to overturn an opposition majority in the lower house. Ten remain to be declared – all in opposition-held seats – and Zanu-PF now needs to win nine to regain control.
Results have still not been released from the parallel presidential poll. The failure to do so, four weeks on from the vote, is causing mounting concern internationally.
Mugabe the end is coming, the cell is ready waiting for you!
The UN refugee agency (UNHCR) has accused Turkish police of causing the deaths of four men by forcing them into a river on the Turkey-Iraq border.
The strong current swept the men away, the UNHCR said, quoting witnesses. The incident happened on Wednesday at an unpatrolled stretch of the border near the Habur crossing point, in Sirnak province, the UNHCR said.
At least one of the four was an Iranian. They were among 18 Iranians and Syrians refused entry into Iraq. There has been no comment from the Turkish authorities.
And does anybody thinks that Turkey cares if UN condemns, they are killing daily innocent Kurds, they occupy European land and they will care for a few more dead?
Industrial action and attacks from militants have forced the two biggest oil companies in Nigeria to cut their production.
Exxon Mobil and Royal Dutch Shell are both reducing output, which is helping to keep oil prices near record highs. Militant groups in the Niger Delta have blown up a section of a Shell pipeline, in the fourth such attack in the last seven days. And workers at an Exxon Mobil plant began a strike over pay and conditions.
Just imagine that this very moment there are thousands of thousands of people in Nigeria who die helpless and starving!
Angola‘s government has authorized a Chinese ship carrying arms destined for Zimbabwe to dock, although it says it will not be allowed to unload weapons.
In a statement, the government said the vessel would only be allowed to deliver goods intended for Angola. On Thursday, the Chinese authorities said they would recall the ship to China after port workers in South Africa refused to unload the weapons.
Other southern African countries had also refused to allow the ship to dock. Leaders in the region had expressed concern that the weapons could heighten tensions in Zimbabwe.
Friends of the caricature dictator Mugabe, but when Mugabe is over their turn will come!!!