Zimbabwe election: MDC's Chamisa mounts legal challenge against result

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

Zimbabwe's Justice Minister Ziyambi Ziyambi said President Emmerson Mnangagwa's inauguration that had been set for Sunday had been deferred after opposition leader Nelson Chamisa challenged presidential election results in court.

The Constitutional Court, which can declare a new victor or order a fresh election, must rule within 14 days of an election petition.

The electoral commission declared the Zanu-PF's Emmerson Mnangagwa had 50.8% of votes against the MDC Alliance's Nelson Chamisa's 44.3%.

"The United States government is gravely concerned by credible reports of numerous detentions, beatings, and other abuses of Zimbabweans over the past week, particularly targeting opposition activists", State Department spokesperson Heather Nauert said.

There will still be a core European Union team to monitor the election petitions in the urgent, and no doubt fiercely fought, court days ahead.

The Zimbabwe elections body, ZEC, declared Mnangagwa victor of the hotly contested polls with 50.8% of valid votes cast.

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His lawyer Advocate Thabani Mpofu said they had overwhelming evidence to prove that Mr Chamisa was cheated. We have a good case and cause!

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

The MDC arrived at the court less than an hour before it closed on Friday, the last day that the petition could be lodged.

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.

Mnangagwa wrote on Twitter that Biti was released after he intervened personally in the case.

Consequently, Chamisa wants the chief elections officer compelled to publish in the Government Gazette the order and the declaration of the election of Mr Chamisa to the office of the President of Zimbabwe.

But the MDC say the security forces have launched a brutal crackdown on the opposition following the disputed poll.

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