Mnangagwa’s inauguration may need to be postponed as MDC arrives at court

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Zimbabwe's MDC opposition party lodged a court bid Friday to overturn the results of presidential elections that it alleges were rigged to ensure victory for Robert Mugabe's successor, Emmerson Mnangagwa.

Emmerson won the presidential race with 50.8% of the vote while MDC's Nelson Chamisa scored 44.3%.

It's amusing that Chamisa (MDC Alliance presidential candidate Nelson) entered an election wanting to win only.

Advocate Mpofu said the applicant has enough evidence including alleged statistical misrepresentations by the elections administration body, ZEC and other factors that included an uneven playing field.

"If the MDC Alliance files before the deadline, then the Constitutional Court will have the final decision to stop the inauguration or allow it to be conducted within a period of 14 days".

The constitution requires a losing presidential candidate to file any challenge within seven days of a victor being declared.

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.

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Senior Zimbabwean opposition figure Tendai Biti was arrested as he tried to flee to neighbouring Zambia to seek asylum on Wednesday, his lawyer said, allegedly on charges of inciting violence over the disputed election result.

The legal team representing MDC-Alliance presidential candidate Nelson Chamisa filed their petition challenging the presidential election results at the Constitutional Court of Zimbabwe.

After filing the petition, Adv Mpofu told journalists that in terms of the basis of the evidence they placed before the court, what they are seeking in the main relief "to the effect that the court should declare the proper victor and the proper victor is my client".

He said they had a "secret weapon" to unleash through their petition should things go a different direction.

"We have managed to place before the court unpopulated signed V11 forms and V11 forms that shows an attempt to erase the figures that had been entered", he said.

Prosecutors accuse him of fuelling illegal protests by rejecting Mr Mnangagwa's victory in the fiercely contested elections.

Zanu-PF secretary for finance Patrick Chinamasa earlier in the week revealed that the party has assembled a 12-man legal team to respond to the challenge. This was according to Legal and Parliamentary Affairs Minister Ziyambi Ziyambi.

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