Zimbabwe's opposition beats ZANU-PF in bye-elections


Zimbabwean President Emmerson Mnangagwa

Zimbabwe’s main opposition party, the Citizens’ Coalition for Change (CCC), won 19 out of the 28 national assembly seats contested in the parliamentary bye-election held Saturday, state-run ZBC-TV reported Sunday night.

President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s ruling ZANU-PF scored nine seats, said the report.

The opposition consolidated its grip in urban areas, while ZANU-PF consolidated its power base in rural areas.

ZANU-PF, which has led Zimbabwe since independence in 1980, retained all the parliamentary seats it won in the 2018 general election.

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The party also made inroads in some traditional opposition strongholds by snatching two parliamentary seats won by the opposition in 2018, further strengthening its dominance in the national assembly.

ZANU-PF had already controlled the national assembly with a two-thirds majority after winning 145 of the available 210 seats in the 2018 elections.

Together with the parliamentary by-election, a by-election for local government representatives in 122 local jurisdictions were also held.

The highly contested by-elections were seen as a rehearsal for next year’s elections.

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