Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe's party has lost control of the nation's parliament.
Official results released Wednesday show the opposition Movement for Democratic Change has taken 109 seats to 97 for President Mugabe's ZANU-PF party. Zimbabwe's electoral commission has yet to release any results from Saturday's presidential vote.
However, earlier Wednesday, Zimbabwean opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai's MDC party claimed victory in the presidential race. Aides of Mr. Mugabe dismissed the claim. However, the state-owned newspaper conceded that President Mugabe had failed to win a majority of the vote for the first time in 28 years. The paper predicted a run-off election, saying neither candidate received 50 percent of the vote. MDC Secretary-General Tendai Biti says, based on results posted outside polling stations, Mr. Tsvangirai won 50-point-three percent of the vote, making a run-off vote unnecessary.