Zimbabwe presidential inauguration delayed amid court challenge

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Zimbabwe opposition file presidential poll challenge

The MDC party alleges that the vote result was rigged and President Emmerson Mnangagwa's narrow victory was due to a falsified vote count in Zimbabwe's first election since the end of Robert Mugabe's rule.

Chris Mhike, in suit, leads Nelson Chamisa's legal team into the Zimbabwean Constitutional Court to file their challenge to Emmerson Mnangagwa's electoral victory last week.

After many speculations, Zimbabwe Justice Minister Ziyambi Ziyambi put the issue to rest by announcing that Mnangagwa's inauguration has been indefinitely deferred after election court challenge.

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.

"Our legal team successfully filed our court papers".

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The MDC reported that its foreign lawyers had initially been denied entry into the Constitutional Court on work permit grounds.

Judges have 14 days to rule on the case, delaying the inauguration of Mnangagwa which was scheduled for Sunday.

In a joint statement on Thursday, the EU, US, Canadian and Australian missions to Zimbabwe urged authorities to guarantee Biti's safety and human rights.

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

The president-elect who is to be sworn into office this weekend and his party, Zanu-PF, have welcomed the court action.

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"If [the judges] think the evidence is weak they could throw the case out fairly fast. But if they want to meet us in court we have sufficient legal minds to meet them squarely in court", ZANU-PF legal secretary Paul Mangwana said.

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

The move is in a bid to strengthen the revolutionary party.

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

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