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A new joint statement by foreign election observers in Zimbabwe is expressing “grave concern” over deadly violence after Monday‘s vote and urging the electoral commission to release the full results “expeditiously” and in a transparent manner.

The statement by European Union, US, Commonwealth, African Union and other observer missions denounces the “excessive use of force” used to calm Wednesday‘s protests in the capital and urges Zimbabwe‘s army and police to use restraint.

The international observers call on political parties for peace and condemn vandalism.

Zimbabwean authorities say the military will remain deployed until “this situation is over”.

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