Zimbabwe's Chamisa challenges election result; inauguration halted

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

Zimbabwe's Chamisa challenges election result; inauguration halted

Zimbabwe's defeated opposition faced a deadline on Friday to file its legal challenge to try to overturn the July 30 election result, which has been mired in fraud allegations and a government crackdown on opponents.

"Elections are not won in court, they are won in the field".

"It's amusing that Chamisa (MDC Alliance presidential candidate Nelson) entered an election wanting to win only".

The MDC, which had seven days in which to file its petition, arrived at the court less than an hour before it closed. "There is no inauguration that is going to take place up until the matter has been resolved by the court". The court has 14 days to rule. "But if they want to meet us in court we have sufficient legal minds to meet them squarely in court".

Britain's Minister for Africa Harriett Baldwin said in a statement she had spoken to Chamisa and Zimbabwe's Foreign Minister Sibusiso Moyo to urge calm while the election challenge was being considered by the court.

Zimbabwe's post-election period has been marred by intimidation of opposition leaders, with the latest case being the arrest of Tendai Biti, an MDC leader who had recently attempted to seek asylum in Zambia before his application was rejected, leading to his deportation back to Zimbabwe.

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

Mnangagwa wrote on Twitter that Biti was released after he intervened personally in the case.

"The ZHRC has established that there is hunting down and harassment of polling agents for independent candidates and opposition political parties", it said.

The Minister of Health, David Parirenyatwa, said yesterday that they are working hard to ensure the adequate amount of blood in the country.

This follows allegations that Zanu-PF lost presidential votes in the province but they were declared winners by ZEC.

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