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AU urges Zimbabwean political parties to bury differences

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Supporters of President Emmerson Mnangagwa at an election rally in Marondera, Zimbabwe, July 21, 2018. REUTERS/Philimon Bulawayo

ADDIS ABABA (Xinhua) – The African Union (AU) has urged political actors in Zimbabwe to rise above their differences and work together to ensure peace, stability and development in their country.

The Chairperson of the AU Commission, Moussa Faki Mahamat, has deeply regretted the unfortunate loss of lives in the immediate aftermath of the elections held on July 30 in Zimbabwe.

Expressing deep concern over the situation, he welcomed the commitment of the Zimbabwean authorities to investigate these incidents.

According to an AU statement, Mr Moussa also called on all stakeholders to continue to maintain the peaceful environment that has prevailed before and during the elections,

Zimbabwe’s incumbent leader Emmerson Mnangagwa narrowly won the nation’s presidential election Friday as the ruling party also garnered a two-thirds majority in parliament in the first vote since the fall of longtime leader Robert Mugabe.

Mr Mnangagwa has won Zimbabwe’s presidential election in poll marred by violence which has caused loss of lives and injuries.

Mr Moussa urged any aggrieved party to use the appropriate legal means and/or other disputes resolution mechanisms to address its concerns.

He said the 55-member pan-African bloc would continue to closely follow the electoral process through its long term observers who will remain in the country until the conclusion of the process.

AU has deployed in Zimbabwe an election observation mission led by former Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn of Ethiopia.

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