Morgan-TsvangiraiA leading Zimbabwe opposition figure has called for a campaign of “passive resistance” after election results showed President Robert Mugabe’s party had won a large majority in parliament.
Roy Bennett, treasurer of the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC), said people should force Mugabe’s Zanu-PF to “rule by themselves”.
The MDC has already said it will not recognise the results, alleging fraud, reports the BBC.
It comes as the party holds emergency meetings to discuss the outcome.
The Zimbabwe Electoral Commission earlier said Zanu-PF had won 137 seats in the 210-seat chamber – just short of two-thirds – with most seats declared.
Results in the presidential race have yet to be announced.
Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai, who heads the MDC and is running for president against Mugabe, has already dismissed the election as “a sham”.
Amid rising tension, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon called on President Mugabe and Tsvangirai to send “clear messages of calm” to their supporters.
His spokesman, Martin Nesirky, said Ban wanted any election disputes to be handled “transparently and fairly”.
Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe Robert Mugabe, 89, was standing for a seventh term as president
The MDC was believed to be holding talks on Friday and Saturday to decide on a response to the results.
Its treasurer Roy Bennett said there should be a wave of social disobedience in order to bring the regime to a halt.
“I’m calling on the people of Zimbabwe, who are our constituents and who we represent in the positions we hold, for passive resistance and for total disengagement,” he said.
“And let Zanu-PF rule and rule by themselves and bring the country to a standstill.”
Tsvangirai, 61, earlier said the vote was “null and void”.


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