Opposition claim against the election results in Zimbabwe suspends investiture

Opposition claim against the election results in Zimbabwe suspends investiture

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The main opposition party in Zimbabwe today appealed against the results of last month's presidential election, alleging irregularities, which resulted in the suspension of the investiture of the elected official, Emmerson Mnangagwa, until a decision is taken by the Constitutional Court.

In the appeal, the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) asks for a new election or that its candidate, Nelson Chamisa, is declared as the winner.

The Minister of Justice, Ziyambi Ziyambi, has confirmed to the French AFP agency that the investiture of Mnangagwa is suspended. "The investiture will not go as planned. All procedures are suspended and await the decision of the Constitutional Court", said Ziyambi.

The investiture of Mnangagwa, who is ruling since Robert Mugabe's departure and his government in November, was planned for Sunday and would have the presence of several heads of state and diplomats.

An MDC delegation, composed of lawyers and one member of the party, delivered the appeal one hour before the deadline. The court now has 14 days to decide.

Shortly after the elections, the opposition claimed that the results were manipulated but they retained the evidences, which were compiled and handed over now in court.

The Zimbabwe Electoral Commission stated that Emmerson Mnangagwa received 50.8% of the votes and Chamisa 44.3%. A number of movements and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) throughout the country questioned the high participation in some areas, in contrast with the number of voters in previous elections.

Two days after the election, Zimbabwean forces opened fire on the opposition during protests in the capital, Harare, killing six people.