President Cyril Ramaphosa urged all Zimbabweans to accept the election of Emmerson Mnangagwa as president after a poll marred by violence. Picture: Elmond Jiyane/GCIS

Johannesburg - President Cyril Ramaphosa urged all Zimbabweans on Friday to accept the election of Emmerson Mnangagwa as president after a poll marred by violence.

"President Ramaphosa has appealed to all political leaders and the people of Zimbabwe to accept the outcome of the election and should they have challenges, they must follow legal remedies provided for in the constitution and electoral law," the presidency said in a statement.

Ramaphosa is also the Chairperson the Southern African Development Community.

Zimbabwe President Emmerson Mnangagwa, a former spy chief installed after Robert Mugabe's removal in a coup in November, on Friday won a poll marred by the deaths of six people in an army crackdown on opposition protests.

Mnangagwa received 50.8 percent of the vote, while his main opponent, Nelson Chamisa, polled 44.3 percent.

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