Zimbabwe’s opposition candidate challenges election result, inauguration halted

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The MDC Alliance's legal representatives‚ Chris Mhike and Sylvester Hashiti‚ and his chief election agent‚ Jameson Timba‚ arrived at the court about 30 minutes before the courts closed for the end of the day at 4pm to file the papers.

Mnangagwa's inauguration on Sunday now, of course, won't go ahead as planned.

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.

President Cyril Ramaphosa is among many African leaders scheduled to attend the ceremony. The decision, in this case, would be final.

Party leader Nelson Chamisa tweeted: "Our legal team successfully filed our court papers".

"The MDC alliance say some of the evidence they have shows forms that have been tampered with, figures changed here and there - and they're going to present that in court", said Al Jazeera's Haru Mutasa, reporting from Harare. Six died after soldiers opened fire on the protesters in a response the opposition alliance called "disproportionate and unjustified".

Mr Biti is the first senior opposition politician to be detained since Mr Mnangagwa took over from Mr Mugabe.

He faced allegations of inciting the protests last week by proclaiming victory for the opposition.

"Zimbabwe faces a awful threat from a group of people that has no respect for the law", Biti, who was granted bail Thursday, told the court before his case was adjourned until next week.

Mnangagwa wrote on Twitter that Biti was released after he intervened personally in the case. We call on Zimbabwe's leaders to guarantee Mr. Biti's physical safety and ensure his constitutional and human rights are respected, consistent with the rule of law and Zimbabwe's global obligations and commitments. Opposition Nelson Chamisa, right, says the result was rigged.

"The ZHRC has established that there is hunting down and harassment of polling agents for independent candidates and opposition political parties", it said.

U.S. ambassador to Zimbabwe Brian Nichols Thursday made a surprise appearance at Tendai Biti's court hearing telling journalists soon after that the decision by Zimbabwean authorities to charge the MDC Alliance politician was "worrisome".

They said they were "deeply disturbed by continuing reports that opposition supporters are being targeted by members of the Zimbabwean security forces".

Mnangagwa's ruling ZANU-PF party dismissed the legal action.

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