Published: Sat, August 11, 2018
Worldwide | By Lisa Hogan

Zimbabwe's Chamisa challenges election result; inauguration halted

Zimbabwe's Chamisa challenges election result; inauguration halted

Zimbabwe's main opposition leader, Nelson Chamisa, filed a court challenge on Friday against President Emmerson Mnangagwa's election victory, he wrote on Twitter, a move that would delay Mnangagwa's inauguration that had been slated for this Sunday.

Chamisa is convinced that he won the popular vote ahead of the Zanu-PF leader who, according to ZEC, scrapped through with a slim margin of 50.8 percent to the plaintiff's 44.3 percent. "For now it has been stayed pending determination of the court challenge", Ziyambi said.

Chamisa has claimed he won 56 percent of votes and called the election "fraudulent, illegal and illegitimate".

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

"Mr Biti is in good condition and we will follow the case closely".

The first election since Robert Mugabe was forced to resign after a coup in November had been expected to end Zimbabwe's pariah status and launch an economic recovery but post-election unrest has reminded the country of its violent past.

Police were looking for Biti and eight other opposition leaders for allegedly fomenting violence following the disputed national election.

The Zimbabwe 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.

Mr Chamisa wants the court to declare him the victor or call a fresh election, it is reported.

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

"We are seeking a declaration to the effect that the presidential election was not properly conducted".

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.

He faces charges of inciting the protests last week by proclaiming victory for the opposition.

"Zimbabwe faces a bad threat from a group of people that has no respect for the law", Biti, who was granted bail Thursday, told the court before his case was adjourned until next week.

It said it had received numerous complaints of "hunting down" and intimidation, often by men in military uniform, of voters thought to have backed the opposition.

Zimbabwe remains in political limbo.

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