Zimbabwe: Presidential inaugration delayed

By Hasaan Isilow & John Cassim

JOHANNESBURG (AA) – Zimbabwe's presidential inaugration that was scheduled for Sunday has been postponed following a legal challenge by the opposition.

The opposition Movement for Democratic change Alliance (MDC-A) sought legal action Friday to halt President Emmerson Mnangagwa's inauguration, arguing that he rigged the July 30 election.

The Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) declared Mnangagwa winner, saying he received 50.8 percent of the vote. The MDC's Nelson Chamisa had 44.3 percent.

The MDC immediately disputed the results saying the polls had been rigged.

Last week opposition supporters took to the streets in post-election protests leading to the deaths of six people, shot by the police.

"We filed our papers seeking a determination by the court either to declare Nelson Chamisa a winner owing to the evidence provided in court so far, alternatively we would want the court to declare the elections result null and void," Thabani Mpofu, lawyer for the MDC Alliance told Anadolu Agency.

He said the court had 14 days to finalize the matter before an inauguration could take place or not.