Dali Mpofu to represent MDC Alliance as they challenge Zim election result

Zimbabwean police officials look at detained civilians as they stand in an armored vehicle outside MDC party headquarters in Harare

"There is no inauguration that will take place until the matter is determined by the court".

Mr Mnangagwa won 50.8% of the vote, compared with Mr Chamisa's 44.3%, in the 30 July poll, the first since Robert Mugabe was ousted after 37 years as president in November.

The inauguration was postponed as soon as the challenge was filed less than an hour before the court closed for the weekend. The Constitutional Court must rule within 14 days and Mnangagwa's inauguration would have to wait for the outcome of Chamisa's challenge.

Mr Chamisa wants the court to declare him the victor or call a fresh election, it is reported.

According to the SABC, Dali Mpofu confirmed that he would lead the MDC leader's legal team, which includes another renowned South African Advocate, Tembeka Ngcukaitobi.

The polls' aftermath has been marred by allegations of a crackdown on opposition members, including beatings and arrests. Six died after soldiers opened fire on the protesters in a response the opposition alliance called "disproportionate and unjustified".

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Mr Chamisa wants the court to declare him the victor or call a fresh election, his lawyer told Reuters news agency. Elections are not won in court, they are won in the field.

"The Government of Zimbabwe is now responsible for Tendai Biti's safety and welfare". He was released on bail and will appear in court again on Friday.

‏Tendai Biti was released earlier today following my intervention.

"The ZHRC has established that there is hunting down and harassment of polling agents for independent candidates and opposition political parties", it said.

On August 1, clashes broke out between security forces and opposition supporters. We call on Zimbabwe's leaders to guarantee Mr. Biti's physical safety and ensure his constitutional and human rights are respected, consistent with the rule of law and Zimbabwe's global obligations and commitments.

The president, the ZANU-PF party and the electoral commission have denied all charges of cheating.

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