Zimbabwe's opposition party on Friday challenged results that say its leader, Morgan Tsvangirai, has won the first round of the presidential election with 47.9 percent of the vote -- but not enough to avoid a runoff against President Robert Mugabe.

Zimbabwe's electoral commission is presenting initial results from the March 29 presidential vote to the candidates on Thursday, a day after international media outlets reported the opposition party won the vote by a four-point margin.

Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe and opposition presidential candidate Morgan Tsvangirai will meet with leaders of southern African nations this weekend in an emergency summit to discuss the deepening political standoff in the country.

Zimbabwe's ruling party ZANU-PF announced Friday it would back President Robert Mugabe in a runoff vote against opposition presidential candidate Morgan Tsvangirai, while the opposition party demanded an official tally from the first vote.

President Robert Mugabe faced an uncertain future for the first time in his 28-year rule of Zimbabwe, after the opposition claimed victory in last weekend's presidential race and his ruling party lost control of parliament, official results show.

As officials began to release election results Monday, showing a split between Zimbabwe's ruling party and the opposition, accusations of President Robert Mugabe's government rigging returns to hide a loss threatened to throw the country into chaos.

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