Dali Mpofu to represent MDC Alliance as they challenge Zim election result

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Zimbabwe's main opposition leader, Nelson Chamisa, filed a court challenge on Friday against President Emmerson Mnangagwa's election victory, he wrote on Twitter, a move that would delay Mnangagwa's inauguration that had been slated for this Sunday.

"It will no longer happen".

Chamisa's lawyer Thabani Mpofu said he had asked the Constitutional Court to nullify the July 30 vote and that his court application meant Mnangagwa's swearing-in had been halted.

Chamisa has alleged the results were manipulated by the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) to ensure that Zanu-PF leader and President-elect Emmerson Mnangagwa won.

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

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.

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

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Mnangagwa's inauguration planned for Sunday was postponed until the court makes its ruling. We have a good case and cause!

Judges could declare a victor, call another election, or order a run-off or recount, the Veritas legal group said.

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.

"We are seeking a declaration to the effect that the presidential election was not properly conducted". Mnangagwa's inauguration will take place 48 hours after the Constitutional Court announces its decision.

Chamisa wants the constitutional court to declare him the victor or call a fresh election, it is reported. "But if they want to meet us in court we have sufficient legal minds to meet them squarely in court".

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

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

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