Zimbabwe court dismisses opposition's election challenge

Zimbabwe's Constitutional Court on Friday ruled dismissed the opposition party MDC's challenge against the disputed July 30 election in which incumbent President Emmerson Mnangagwa won.

Delivering the verdict, the court's Chief Justice Luke Malaba called the allegations of ballot tampering "bold and unsubstantiated" adding that opposition leader Nelson Chamisa failed to prove such allegation.

"In the final analysis, the court finds the applicant has failed to place before it clear, direct, sufficient and credible evidence [of rigging]," Chief Justice Luke Malaba said.

The election was the first in the country since the removal of long-time leader Robert Mugabe last year by the military. It was however marred by the death of at least six people, two days after the vote following clashes between security forces and MDC Alliance supporters who were protesting against the election result declaring Nelson Chamisa as the legitimate winner.

The result effectively clears the way for Mr Mnangagwa's inauguration as Zimbabwe's second elected leader since independence in 1980, expected to take place this weekend.


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