SOUTH AFRICA READY TO WORK WITH NEW ZIMBABWE GOVT, SAYS RAMAPHOSA

JOHANNESBURG-- South African President Cyril Ramaphosa says his government is ready to work with the new administration which emerges from Monday's general elections in Zimbabwe.

Incumbent Emmerson Mnangagwa of Zanu PF and Nelson Chamisa of the MDC Alliance are the top protagonists in a race in which 23 contestants are vying for the presidency.

President Ramaphosa said here Monday he was pleased that the election in the neighbouring country was going on well.

I am very pleased to hear that the election has started off very well, there are no violent acts and it means that the people of Zimbabwe are determined to install a government that will berepresentative of all the people of that country, he said in an interview.

We support them and we say that whichever party emerges victorious, we are prepared to work with them as South Africa. We look forward to go to the inauguration once the results have been announced.

The Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) had reported that election results were expected to be out by Aug 4.

South Africa is Zimbabwe's biggest trading partner and plays host to millions of Zimbabweans who migrated to the neighbouring country at the height of economic challenges in Zimbabwe.

Both Zanu PF and the MDC Alliance have expressed confidence to win the polls in which 55 political parties are taking part.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK

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