Zimbabwe election: Mnangagwa and Chamisa both upbeat

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Counting of Zimbabwe elections

Zimbabwe is awaiting the results of its landmark elections, with both frontrunners saying they are confident.

President Emmerson Mnangagwa said he had received “extremely positive” information but opposition leader Nelson Chamisa said his party was “winning resoundingly”.

Zimbabwe is electing a new president, parliament and local councils.

Monday’s vote – the first since long-serving ruler Robert Mugabe was ousted – attracted a high turnout of 70{162befe9658fd799530c3cb843574241d1c9b2a77e93eb952b87185acfe06460}.

The youth vote is expected to be key – with almost half of Zimbabwe’s 5.6 million registered voters under the age of 35.

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