Mugabe's party claims Zimbabwe election win; rival cries foul
HARARE (REUTERS) - Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe's party claimed a landslide election victory on Thursday that would secure another five years in power for Africa's oldest head of state, but its main rival said the vote was invalidated by "monumental fraud".
Wednesday's voting was peaceful across the southern African nation, but the conflicting claims heralded an acrimonious dispute over the outcome that increases the chances of a repeat of the violence that followed a contested vote in 2008.
Releasing unofficial results early in Zimbabwe is illegal, and police have said they will arrest anybody who makes premature claims.
Election authorities are due to announce the official outcome by Aug. 5.