Emmerson Mnangagwa has been reelected as the President of Zimbabwe.
The electoral commission, Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) said Mnangagwa polled 52.6% of the votes cast.
Nicknamed “The Crocodile” for his ruthlessness, Mnangagwa is Zimbabwe’s third president.
He became leader after a 2017 coup that ousted Robert Mugabe who had ruled the southern African nation for 37 years.
According to ZEC, the candidate of the Citizens’ Coalition for Change (CCC), Nelson Chamisa secured 44% of the vote.
Mnangagwa received more than 2.3 million votes, while Chamisa garnered 1.9 million, ZEC said.
Voter turnout in the country of almost 16 million was 69%.
The constitutional court has upheld the result of the election, amid claims of rigging from the opposition.
Promise Mkwananzi, a spokesman for the Chamisa’s Citizens Coalition for Change (CCC) said the party had not signed the final tally, which he described as “false”.
While speaking with newsmen, he said, “We cannot accept the results,” adding the party would soon announce its next move.