Zimbabwe: Rivals bullish of victory in knife-edge polls

Jul 31, 2018, 7:35 AM EDT
Zimbabwe’s President Emmerson Mnangagwa leads rival Nelson Chamisa by a slender margin.
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Zimbabwe’s President Emmerson Mnangagwa and the opposition leader Nelson Chamisa remain extremely confident of their victory in Monday’s historic election, which analysts believe, could decide the trajectory of the country’s democratic journey.

The election on Monday, the first since the toppling of long-serving ruler Robert Mugabe, saw a high voter turnout of 75 percent in a reflection of the country’s eagerness for a political and economic upheaval, writes the BBC.

As the counting is underway, Chamisa claimed of “winning resoundingly” even as polls show Mnangagwa maintaining an upper hand on the rival, although by a whisker’s margin, notes The Guardian.