Zimbabwe election 2018

MDC in bid to raise $129,000 after court defeat

Zimbabwe's opposition MDC Alliance is trying to raise $129,000 (£100,000) to pay legal fees after the country's highest court dismissed its application to annul President Emmerson Mnangagwa's victory in heavily disputed elections in July.

The Constitutional Court's ruling was "against overwhelming public opinion", and "worse still, it carried a punitive condition requiring [MDC Alliance candidate] Nelson Chamisa to foot the legal costs of everyone involved", its fund-raising page says.

More than £9,000 had been raised in the first day.

Mr Chamisa's spokesman has tweeted about it:

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Mr Chamisa boycotted Mr Mnangagwa's inauguration in the capital, Harare, on Sunday.

He maintains that the result was rigged to give Mr Mnangagwa outright victory.

Ousted President Robert Mugabe and his wife Grace were also absent from the inauguration. However, their daughter, Bona, and her husband, Simba Chikore, were present.

Mr Mugabe had backed Mr Chamisa in the election, despite the fact that he once saw him as an "enemy" and a "puppet" of the West.

In his inauguration speech, Mr Mnangagwa read out a letter from Mr Mugabe amid cheers from the crowd, the state-linked Herald newspaper reported.

“Your Excellency, thank you for your invitation to me and my wife to attend the inauguration ceremony. My wife is not well in Singapore and also I am not well. So I am sending my daughter and her husband to represent us. Hearty Congratulations,” the letter said.

The military forced Mr Mugabe, 94, to resign in November, opening the way for Mr Mnangagwa to take power.

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Zimbabwe election challenge: Where is the evidence?

The lawyer for the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (Zec) has been presenting his arguments to the Constitutional Court as the opposition MDC Alliance tries to overturn July's presidential election result.

Tawanda Kanengoni says that while there may have been minor clerical errors the opposition lawyers have failed to prove that there was large-scale rigging.

Lawyer speaking in court

"The evidence is not before you," Mr Kanengoni told the court, adding that "the standard of proof has not been met".

President Emmerson Mnangagwa narrowly avoided a second-round run off when he took 50.7% of the vote (Zec has revised this figure from the 50.8% it originally released).

Zimbabwe's top court hears poll challenge

Zimbabwe's Constitutional Court is due to hear a legal challenge from the opposition MDC Alliance to the election victory of President Emmerson Mnangagwa .

He won by just more than 30,000 votes to avoid a run-off election.

The MDC Alliance has accused the ruling Zanu-PF party of rigging July's poll, which was the first since the ousting of former President Robert Mugabe last year.

The electoral commission has said there was "no skulduggery" involved in the compiling of the votes.

President Mnangagwa has urged the court to throw out the opposition appeal, which has already caused the postponement of his inauguration.

The court is due to make a decision by Friday.

Opposition leader Nelson Chamisa tweeted that his legal team "is ready to defend your vote":

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Journalists have been sharing videos of the scenes outside the court in the capital, Harare:

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Many are expected to watch the hearing live as it is being shown on television by the national broadcaster.