The president of South Africa has congratulated Zimbabwean leader Robert Mugabe on his re-election.
Jacob Zuma's approval is in sharp contrast to Western governments which questioned the credibility of a rushed, disputed vote.
African monitors broadly approved the conduct of the Zimbabwe election, but Mugabe's main rival, Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) leader Morgan Tsvangirai, has said he will challenge the results in court with evidence of massive vote-rigging, irregularities and intimidation.
Members of Zimbabwe's opposition say they have been targeted by Mugabe supporters following the president's re-election.
President Robert Mugabe's declaration as winner has been met by international concern over the conduct of the African nation's poll.
Robert Mugabe has secured his grip on power in Zimbabwe today after his party ZANU PF won a majority in parliament in Wednesday's election.