Zimbabwe’s ruling party, Zanu-PF has filed papers opposing the MDC Alliance’s challenge to the presidential election result, the state-run newspaper, the Herald, says.
Official results show that President Emmerson Mnangagwa won 50.8% of the vote compared to opposition MDC Alliance leader Neslon Chamisa’s 44.3%.
The MDC Alliance says the poll was marred by “mammoth theft and fraud”, but the electoral commission insists that there was “no skulduggery”.
Zanu-PF’s lawyers say the MDC Alliance challenge came too late as their papers were filed on Friday afternoon.
“We will show the court that Chamisa’s lawyers had until Friday 10 am [08:00 GMT] to file and serve their papers,” Zanu-PF lawyer Lewis Uriri is quoted by the Herald as saying.
Mr Mnangagwa has been hoping these elections would legitimise his rule after taking over amid a military intervention that saw Robert Mugabe resign in November as president after 37 years in power.
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