Zimbabwe election: MDC's Chamisa mounts legal challenge against result

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The presidential inauguration of Zimbabwe's Emmerson Mnangagwa has been delayed after the opposition launched a court challenge to his election victory.

Mnangagwa narrowly won the presidential race with 50.8 percent of the vote - just enough to avoid a run-off against the MDC's Nelson Chamisa, who scored 44.3 percent. "For now it has been stayed pending determination of the court challenge", Zimbabwe's Justice Minister Ziyambi Ziyambi, said. Elections are not won in court, they are won in the field.

The court will have 14 days to make a ruling on the case. We have a good case and cause!

Police were looking for Biti and eight other opposition leaders for allegedly fomenting violence following the disputed national election.

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Judges have 14 days to rule on the case, and could declare a victor, call another election, or order a run-off or recount, according to the Veritas legal group. On Wednesday, General Sibusiso Moyo (Foreign Affairs) sent a circular to diplomatic missions stationed in Zimbabwe inviting their officers to attend Mnangagwa's in inauguration at the national sports stadium.

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"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.

The aftermath of the election has been marred by allegations of a crackdown on opposition members, including beatings and arrests.

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

He faces charges of inciting the protests last week by proclaiming victory for the opposition.

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".