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China urges parties to accept results

China, considered by many to be a close ally of President Robert Mugabe, says it hopes Zimbabwe’s political parties accept the results of last Wednesday’s election.


Results released by the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) indicated that Zanu PF managed to secure two-thirds majority in parliament.

Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying made the remarks in response to a question about China’s position on Zimbabwe’s general election.

An estimated 6,4 million Zimbabweans went to the polls to elect a president, 210 legislators and nearly 2 000 local councilors.

The Chinese government has sent an observer mission to Zimbabwe, led by former Chinese envoy on Africa affairs Liu Guijin, Hua said.

The mission described the election as peaceful, orderly and credible.
Voting proceeded smoothly and votes were cast with enthusiasm, Hua said.

“China congratulates Zimbabwe for the success of the election,” she said, adding that the Far East country appreciates the Zimbabwean people’s patriotic zeal and independent consciousness.

The spokeswoman called on the international community to respect the choice of Zimbabwe’s people.

She said she hopes Zimbabwe will embark on a new journey towards peace, reconciliation, development and revitalisation.

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