Published: Sat, August 11, 2018
Global | By Marsha Munoz

Zimbabwe opposition on deadline to appeal election result

Zimbabwe opposition on deadline to appeal election result

We had planned to have our inauguration on Sunday but we now have to wait for court processes if the alliance files its appeal.

After a whole week of press conference after press conference, the opposition party finally filed its papers with the Constitutional Court challenging the presidential result.

At the same time, 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.

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Mr Chamisa tweeted: "Our legal team successfully filed our court papers".

Official results show that Mr Mnangagwa won last month's presidential election with 50.8% of the vote, but the opposition alleges that the figures were manipulated.

"The concerns on the welfare of Tendai Biti are foremost in the minds of many in the global community; you have seen a statement from the EU, Canada, Australia and the United States of America", he said while referring to an earlier statement by in which the western countries called on authorities to stick to the confines of the law in handling alleged political violations by the opposition.

"We are seeking a declaration to the effect that the presidential election was not properly conducted". Six died after soldiers opened fire on the protesters in a response the opposition alliance called "disproportionate and unjustified".

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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.

"Zimbabwe faces a awful 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.

The challenge to the election result comes one day after MDC Alliance politician Tendai Biti appeared in court on charges of inciting violence.

The Zimbabwe Human Rights Commission, established under the 2013 constitution, on Friday released a damning report into the post-election crackdown.

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Mnangagwa's ruling ZANU-PF party dismissed the legal action.

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