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ED won the elections: ConCourt

ED won the elections: ConCourt

The statement by the joint mission of the International Republican Institute and the National Democratic Institute comes a day after Zimbabwe's Constitutional Court upheld President Emmerson Mnanaggwa's narrow election victory.

The full ConCourt bench, led by Chief Justice Luke Malaba, delivered a unanimous determination following an application by the youthful MDC Alliance leader who sought to invalidate Mnangagwa's appointment to the country's top position on allegations of rigging.

Zimbabwe's electoral commission declared Mnangagwa the victor three days after voting with 50.8 percent of the vote.

Analysts had widely predicted the court would rule against the Movement for Democratic Change party's legal challenge.

Mnangagwa's lawyers also prayed that the court dismisses the application by opposition leader, saying his case lacked merit.

MDC had insisted that its candidate Nelson Chamisa won the November 30 presidential election, arguing that the president (first respondent) had benefitted from irregularities in the voting process.

"On the 2nd of August, the applicant knew that he was an aggrieved party therefore time was on his side to obtain election residue to later use in court as evidence", he said.

In a first for the country, the proceedings were broadcast live on state television.

"Specifically, we are going to show Mr. Mnangagwa and the world that the peaceful masses have rejected him", it read.

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Paula Duncan , a juror on the Paul Manafort trial appears on Fox News , Aug. 22, 2018.This courtroom sketch depicts U.S. He was ultimately convicted on 8 counts, with the juror's opposition causing the other 10 to be declared a mistrial.

President Mnangagwa contends that Mr Chamisa's petition is premised on alleged mathematical anomalies, which have no factual basis.

Derek Matyszak, a legal expert at the University of Zimbabwe, said the opposition faced an uphill struggle given the courts' historic tilt towards Zanu-PF, which has ruled since independence from British colonial rule in 1980.

After his inauguration on Sunday, Mnangagwa faces the challenge of persuading the global community that the army crackdown and lapses in the election process will not derail his promise of reforms to overcome corruption and mismanagement under Mugabe.

"I have a legitimate claim that I am supposed to be leading the people of Zimbabwe", Chamisa said, adding that he would not attend Mnangagwa's inauguration on Sunday.

A widely condemned army crackdown in response to post-election violence by opposition supporters left six people dead on August 1, recalling the heavy-handed security tactics that marked Mugabe's 37-year rule. It will now take place on Sunday.

Chamisa insists he won more than two-thirds of the vote.

The opposition party has vowed to dispute the ruling even though it says it "respect [s] the verdict of the courts". The people who voted do not believe in (Mnangagwa).

Chamisa, through his lawyers, accused ZEC of cooking up figures that allowed Mnangagwa to avoid a run-off.


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