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Zimbabwe presidential inauguration delayed after court appeal -Minister
11 August 2018, 11:57 | Erica Roy
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The presidential inauguration of Zimbabwe'sEmmerson Mnangagwa has been delayed after the opposition launched a court challenge to his election victory.
Zimbabwe's Movement for Democratic Change opposition party arrived at court on Friday to lodge an appeal to try to overturn the results of the presidential election, which it alleges was rigged to ensure victory for Emmerson Mnangagwa.
"It will no longer happen".
The election, the first since the army's removal of 94-year-old ex-president Robert Mugabe last November, passed off relatively smoothly but its aftermath revealed the deep rifts in Zimbabwean society and the instinctive heavy-handedness of the security forces.
Jameson Timba, a senior member of the MDC, said his party "will rest when this country is liberated".
The Constitutional Court can nullify the results in which case there has to be a fresh election within 60 days.
Mnangagwa narrowly won the presidential race with 50.8 percent of the vote - just enough to avoid a run-off against the MDC's Nelson Chamisa, who scored 44.3 percent.
The President-elect is expected to appoint a new Cabinet after his inauguration scheduled for Sunday.
Judges could declare a victor, call another election, or order a run-off or recount, the Veritas legal group said.
European Union observers said that the ZANU-PF candidate had benefitted from an "un-level playing field" and some voter intimidation, though global monitors largely praised the conduct of the election.
We are also deeply concerned that Zambia chose to hand over former Minister of Finance Tendai Biti to the Zimbabwean authorities, and in the face of a reported Zambian court order blocking his expulsion from Zambia. Mnangagwa's inauguration will take place 48 hours after the Constitutional Court announces its decision.
Judges must rule on the case within 14 days and could declare a victor, call another election, or order a run-off or recount, the Veritas legal group said.
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.
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