Zimbabwe opposition mounts legal challenge against election result

Zimbabwean opposition official Tendai Biti

Mnangagwa's inauguration on Sunday now, of course, won't go ahead as planned.

Zimbabwe's constitution allows a presidential candidate to legally challenge electoral results within seven days of a victor being declared.

The legal challenge is likely to result in a postponement of Mnangagwa's inauguration ceremony as president of Zimbabwe.

Judges must rule on the case within 14 days and could declare a victor, call another election, or order a run-off or recount, the Veritas legal group said.

"It's amusing that Chamisa (MDC Alliance presidential candidate Nelson) entered an election wanting to win only". Opposition Nelson Chamisa, right, says the result was rigged.

Some of the lawyers who filed the papers for Chamisa include, Chris Mhike, Douglas Coltart, Advocate Thabani Mpofu, Advocate Dali Mpofu and Advocate Sylvester Hashiti.

Chamisa came second to Mnangagwa in a closely fought presidential election which saw him emerge with a 44,3 percent of the national vote while Mnangagwa got 50,8 percent.

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Harriett Baldwin spoke to MDC Alliance leader Nelson Chamisa and foreign affairs minister Sibusiso Moyo on Friday. "We have a good case and cause".

Judges have 14 days to rule on the case, and could declare a victor, call another election, or order a run-off or recount, according to the Veritas legal group.

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

"We've managed to place before the court forms that show the (results) figures were erased".

Diplomats and election observers were present at the court hearing in Harare after Biti fled to Zambia but was handed back to Zimbabwean police despite claiming asylum.

Earlier this month, Mnangagwa secured a comfortable victory, according to results from the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission, polling 2.46 million votes against 2.15 million for the 40-year-old Chamisa.

On August 1, clashes broke out between security forces and opposition supporters.

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