Mnangagwa inauguration deferred after court challenge of result

Zimbabwean police officials look at detained civilians as they stand in an armored vehicle outside MDC party headquarters in Harare

Zimbabwe opposition file presidential poll challenge

Sunday's inauguration of Zimbabwe President Emmerson Mnangagwa has been halted after a legal challenge by the opposition against the election result.

Justice minister Ziyambi Ziyambi concurred, saying; "It (inauguration) will no longer happen".

Chamisa's legal team arrived at the Constitutional Court at the eleventh hour with members of the media having been in wait for at least half a day.

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.

The latest developments mean the planned inauguration of President-elect Emmerson Mnangagwa, can not go ahead today as scheduled as the court has to deal with the matter first.

The court's decision on the matter is final.

"Zanu-PF will defend the will of the Zimbabwean people as expressed through free, fair, transparent and credible elections that took place on 30 July".

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

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"On the basis of the evidence we have placed before the court, we seek in the main relief to the effect that the court should declare the proper victor and the proper victor is my client", Mpofu told reporters outside.

Mr Chamisa wants the court to declare him the victor or call a fresh election, his lawyer told Reuters news agency.

"We are seeking a declaration to the effect that the presidential election was not properly conducted. But if they want to meet us in court we have sufficient legal minds to meet them squarely in court".

Zimbabwe's constitution allows a presidential candidate to legally challenge electoral results within seven days of a victor being declared.

But the MDC say the security forces have launched a brutal crackdown on the opposition following the disputed poll.

Also on Friday, lawyers for opposition figure Tendai Biti asked judges to throw out charges against him over the protests against alleged election fraud, in a case raising further global concern about the new government.

The results of the presidential election were announced on Friday last week by the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission.

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