(dpa) - Almost a week after Zimbabwe's elections, with no sign of results from the crunch presidential contest, President Robert Mugabe's Zanu-PF party and the opposition Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) were neck and neck in the Senate race.
The Zimbabwe Electoral Commission began releasing results from the Senate vote late Thursday.
By Friday morning, with 10 seats counted, Zanu-PF had 5 seats against 5 for the MDC, confirming a trend noticed in the earlier announcement of results in the 210-seat House of Assembly of a neat 50-50 split.
Eventually the opposition pulled ahead in the parliamentary contest finishing with 109 seats to Zanu-PF's 97 in Mugabe's party's first electoral defeat since the 84-year-old leader came to power in 1980.
Zimbabweans are still waiting to know if Saturday's election turned up a new president. The MDC has already declared MDC leader Morgan Tsvangirai victorious with 50.3 per cent of the vote from its own unofficial vote count.