Publicado: Sol, Agosto 12, 2018
Global | Por Milagro Delgado

Zimbabwe Opposition Lodges Appeal Against Election Result

Zimbabwe Opposition Lodges Appeal Against Election Result

"We will rest when this country is liberated", said Jameson Timba, a senior member of the MDC, told reporters outside the Constitutional Court in Harare after party lawyers with boxes of paperwork.

The first election since Robert Mugabe was forced to resign after a coup in November had been expected to end Zimbabwe's pariah status and launch an economic recovery but post-election unrest has reminded the country of its violent past.

Justice Minister Ziyambi Ziyambi told Reuters Sunday's inauguration "will no longer happen" until the case is finalised.

"In the alternative, we seek that there be another election which complies with the dictates of the law", Mpofu said.

In a joint statement, the EU, US, Canadian and Australian missions to Zimbabwe urged authorities to guarantee Biti's safety and human rights.

Under the constitution, a losing presidential candidate has seven days to challenge the result from when a victor is declared.

The court will have 14 days to make a ruling on the case.

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

But the legal challenge to his victory is likely to delay his inauguration that was scheduled to take place on Sunday.

The president-elect who is to be sworn into office this weekend and his party, Zanu-PF, have welcomed the court action.

"If [the judges] think the evidence is weak they could throw the case out fairly fast".

The 40-year-old opposition chief is strongly disputing the results announced by the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission and has vowed to go the "legal and constitutional" route to force the reversal of the outcome.

He said those who lost should accept the results and work hard to improve next time.

Zimbabwe's defeated opposition faced a deadline 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.

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