PRETORIA-- South African President Cyril Ramaphosa has called and congratulated Emmerson Mnangagwa on his election as President of Zimbabwe, the Presidency says.
President Ramaphosa, who is also the current Chairperson of the Southern African Development Community (SADC), the sub-regional grouping of which Zimbabwe is also a member, also congratulated the people of Zimbabwe for conducting a peaceful election as declared by the SADC Election Observation Mission and other election observer missions.
In their telephone conversation, President Ramaphosa expressed his commitment to working closely with President-elect Mnangagwa to enhance the historical, political and fraternal relations which exist between South Africa and Zimbabwe, with particular emphasis on strengthening economic cooperation in priority areas as mutually identified by the two countries.
The Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) declared early on Friday that Mnangagwa won the nation's presidential election which was held on Monday. According to the result, Mnangagwa received 50.8 per cent of the total votes.
His main rival in a field of 23 presidential candidates, Nelson Chamisa from the opposition MDC Alliance, obtained 44.3 per cent of the votes.
However, there have been incidents of violence in the Zimbabwean capital of Harare in which six protesters were killed on Wednesday as the nation was waiting for the final results of the elections.
In this regard, President Ramaphosa appealed to all political leaders and the people of Zimbabwe to accept the outcome of the election. Should they have challenges, they must follow legal remedies provided for in the constitution and electoral law, President Ramaphosa said, expressing his concern about the violence.
Meanwhile, the International Election Observer Missions expressed appreciation for the generally peaceful and orderly pre-electoral environment and on voting day. However, they also expressed grave concern about the regrettable outbreaks of post-election violence.
Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK