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>> Zimbabwe's main opposition leader filed a court challenge Friday against President Emmerson Mnangagwa's election victory. Lawyers for Nelson Chamisa asked the Constitutional Court to nullify the July 30th vote, and declared Chamisa the winner, or call fresh elections.>> We're seeking a declaration of the effects that the presidential election was not properly conducted.
It was not conducted in terms of the Constitution. It was not conducted in terms of the Electoral Act. It was not conducted in terms of standards of fairness, transparency, and accountability.>> The challenge means Mnagagwa's inauguration, set for Sunday, is halted until the case is finalized. He'd secured a comfortable victory in last months vote.
Results from the Zimbabwe election commission said he won 2.46 million votes against 2.15 million for Chamisa. The opposition said the results was rigged. While the election, the first Robert Mugabe was forced to resign following a coup last November, passed off relatively smoothly, its violent aftermath revealed deep rifts in Zimbabwean in society, and the apparent heavy-handedness of the security forces.
Six people were killed in an army crackdown on opposition protests after the vote. Earlier on Friday opposition leader and former Finance Minister Tendai Biti appear in court to challenge his arrest, a case watched around the world as a test of Mnagagwa's treatment of opponents. Biti is charged with stoking the post-election violence, and illegally announcing election results, before eventually fleeing to Zambia.
His case was postponed to Wednesday.