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UN chief tells Zimbabwe's leaders to resolve election crisis

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UN has told Zimbabwe's during a that he must rein in his security forces after six people were killed in election violence, a UN said today.

Guterres also spoke by phone with to urge him to turn to the courts -- and not the streets -- if he plans to challenge Mnangagwa's election victory.

"In his two calls, the made clear that he counted on the of to ensure that the security forces show maximum restraint," said UN

"He also encouraged the opposition to pursue their electoral grievances through legal channels." Guterres spoke by phone with the leaders on Monday after violence marred elections that were the first held since was forced out of the presidency last year.

The presidential and on July 30 was meant to turn the page on the Mugabe era and bring back to the international fold after decades of sanctions.

Electoral results showed Mnangagwa won the by a narrow margin, but the opposition Movement for Democratic (MDC) has accused him of rigging the result.

The UN said Guterres wanted to ensure that "all of the participants in the election will abide by the result and channel any grievances through the proper electoral process." He described the phone conversations as "constructive" and suggested that both sides had agreed to his appeal to step away from the violence.

"Our hope is that the reassurances provided by the leaders will be borne out by their supporters," said Haq.

Six people were killed when soldiers opened fire on demonstrators protesting the election result.

On Tuesday, 27 MDC supporters were released on bail after being accused of fomenting election violence.

The European Union, United States, and earlier issued a joint statement calling on Zimbabwe's defense forces to act with restraint and protect human rights.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Wed, August 08 2018. 00:30 IST
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