Zimbabwe presidential inauguration delayed amid court challenge

Zimbabwean opposition official Tendai Biti

The Zimbabwe president Emmerson Mnangagwa has said that his country is open for business, but this new law - the Zimbabwe Democracy and Economic Recovery Amendment Act - could scupper those plans as far as the USA is concerned. "All proceedings are suspended pending the determination of the Constitutional Court".

Mnangagwa's inauguration planned for Sunday was postponed until the court makes its ruling. Mnangagwa's inauguration will take place 48 hours after the Constitutional Court announces its decision.

Mr Chamisa wants the court to declare him the victor or call a fresh election, it is reported.

The party is demanding either fresh elections or the instalment of their candidate Nelson Chamisa as president. "We are seeking a declaration to the effect that the presidential election was not properly conducted", MDC party lawyer Thanbani Mpofu said.

In his application court challenge, Chamisa cited Mnangagwa as the first respondent, ZEC, and all other 22 presidential contestants as respondents as well.

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

Chamisa wants the constitutional court to declare him the victor or call a fresh election, it is reported.

The president, the ZANU-PF party and the electoral commission have denied all charges of cheating.

"I am confident they have no case", Zanu PF PF legal secretary Paul Mangwana said. "But if they want to meet us in court we have sufficient legal minds to meet them squarely in court".

It said it had received numerous complaints of intimidation, often by men in military uniform, of voters thought to have backed the opposition.

The Zimbabwe Human Rights Commission, established under the 2013 constitution, on Friday released a damning report into the post-election crackdown.

Two days after the vote, six people were killed in an army crackdown on protests against the victory by Mnangagwa's ruling ZANU-PF party, a reminder that Zimbabwe will struggle to fix its image as a nation known for repression and economic collapse.



Latest news

Bitcoin Price Analysis: BTC Price Testing Last Line of Defense Before $6,000
More importantly, there is a new contracting triangle forming with resistance near $608 on the hourly chart of the BCH/USD pair. On the downside, a break below $0.3198 may well clear the path for more losses towards the $0.3000 and $0.2800 support levels.

Sony developing Jackpot and Silk movies for its Spider-Man universe
Silver & Black are headed to the big screen, too, but they've since been redirected to individual solo movies . We're talking about the Superior Spider-Man ... or as he's now conveniently called, the Superior Octopus .

Donald Trump Authorizes More Steel and Aluminum Tariffs on Turkey
Turkey's currency fell Friday after its economy was rattled by the United States' move to slap the country with more tariffs . Brunson denies both charges and his supporters argue that these accusations were fabricated by the Turkish government.

NASA's mission to 'touch the sun' starts tomorrow
That speed is equivalent to going from Washington, DC to Philadelphia in a split second. It's the first time NASA has named a spacecraft after someone who's still alive.

Mosquito carrying West Nile virus discovered in Troy, Ill
Last year, there were 91 deaths out of the more than 1,000 cases that were reported across the US. Health officials say the virus has been detected in 169 mosquito samples from across the state.

Other news