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Zimbabwe: ZANU-PF dominated parliament sworn-in


<p><strong>As the dust settles over Zimbabwe’s disputed presidential elections, new members of parliament were sworn-in on Wednesday, with many pledging to focus on development projects that would lift their constituents out of poverty.</strong></p> <p>The ruling Zanu-PF party earned a commanding majority of over two-thirds in the National Assembly, enough to amend the constitution.</p> <p>Zanu-PF, which has held power since independence in 1980, easily won the parliamentary vote on July 30, while President Emmerson Mnangagwa won the presidential vote with just over 50% of the ballots.</p> <a style="font-size:16px; font-color:yellow;" href="http://www.africanews.com/2018/08/30/zimbabwe-2018-vote-mugabe-post-election-crisis-failed-poll-petition/"target="_blank"> Zimbabwe 2018 vote: Mugabe, post-election crisis, failed poll petition</a> <p>The MPs were sworn in following Zimbabwe’s first election since Robert Mugabe was ousted last year after nearly four decades in power.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">MPs speak after being sworn-in today.<br /> <br /> ?: Wilson Kakurira <a href="https://t.co/sXHkRADsKG">pic.twitter.com/sXHkRADsKG</a></p>— The Herald Zimbabwe (@HeraldZimbabwe) <a href="https://twitter.com/HeraldZimbabwe/status/1037348758860783616?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">September 5, 2018</a></blockquote> <script async src="https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script> <h2 style="font-size:16px;"><span class="caps">ZANU</span>-PF continues dominance</h2> <p>The Zimbabwe African National Union Patriotic Front (Zanu-PF) won 145 seats of the 210 seats in the lower house national assembly, above the minimum two-thirds required to amend the constitution.</p> <p>The Movement for Democratic Change (<span class="caps">MDC</span>) got 63 seats while two seats were taken by independents.</p> <p>A constitutional amendment needs the votes of two-thirds of the members of both the assembly and the upper house senate.</p> <p>The senate is made up of 80 members with 60 appointed through proportional representation, 18 traditional chiefs who are generally loyal to Zanu-PF, and two representatives of people with disabilities.</p> <p>“Zanu-PF will do what it wants in its interest and to hold on to power,” political analyst Earnest Mudzengi told <span class="caps">AFP</span>.</p> <p>President Mnangagwa, a Zanu-PF loyalist who came to power after the military ousted Mugabe in November, retained office amid vote-rigging allegations by the <span class="caps">MDC</span>.</p> <p>Zimbabwe is in the throes of a worsening economic crisis with banks running out of cash, mass unemployment and rising prices for basic goods.</p> <p><strong><em><span class="caps">AFP</span></em></strong></p>
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