Zimbabwe opposition on deadline to appeal election result

We are ready for Concourt MDC Alliance

We are ready for Concourt MDC Alliance

Zimbabwe's opposition coalition has filed a legal challenge to results of the country's recent election, in a move that delays the inauguration of Emmerson Mnangagwa as president of Zimbabwe. "For now it has been stayed pending determination of the court challenge", Ziyambi said.

The Constitutional Court can nullify the results in which case there has to be a fresh election within 60 days.

The Constitutional Court, which can declare a new victor or order a fresh election, must rule within 14 days of an election petition. We have a good case and cause!

Mnangagwa of the ruling ZANU-PF party won the presidential race with 50.8 percent of the vote - just enough to avoid a run-off against the MDC's Nelson Chamisa, who scored 44.3 percent.

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Mnangagwa, who is seeking to reverse Zimbabwe's economic isolation and attract desperately-needed foreign investment, had vowed the elections would be free and fair, and would turn a page on Mugabe's repressive 37-year rule.

The MDC-Alliance intends to scuttle the inauguration through an application challenging the presidential election results.

President Emmerson Mnangagwa has said that his country is open for business, but this new law - the Zimbabwe Democracy and Economic Recovery Amendment Act - could scupper those plans as far as the USA is concerned.

"We've managed to place before the court forms that show the (results) figures were erased", MDC party lawyer Thabani Mpofu told reporters.

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"In the alternative, we seek that there be another election which complies with the dictates of the law", Mpofu said.

The aftermath of the polls has been marred by allegations by rights groups as well as by the MDC of a crackdown on opposition members, including beatings and arrests.

Mr Biti is the first senior opposition politician to be detained since Mr Mnangagwa took over from Mr Mugabe.

‏Tendai Biti was released earlier today following my intervention.

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On Thursday, opposition figure Tendai Biti was detained by Zimbabwean police after Zambian authorities rejected his bid for asylum.

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