Top Africa stories: MDC vote petition heard at ConCourt, Boko Haram

2018-08-23 08:13

All eyes on Zimbabwe as Con-Court hears election petition

Zimbabwe's Constitutional Court is on Wednesday set to hear the petition lodged by opposition leader Nelson Chamisa in his bid to overturn President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s victory in the July 30 elections.

The Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) leader narrowly lost to Mnangagwa but his party alleges "gross mathematical errors".

The MDC seeks a fresh election or a declaration of Chamisa as the winner of the July 30 vote, according to AP.

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MDC 'faces an uphill struggle' in its bid to overturn Mnangagwa’s election victory

Zimbabwe's Constitutional Court will on Wednesday hear an opposition petition seeking to overturn the presidential election result, in a legal challenge seen as unlikely to succeed despite allegations of vote fraud.

The Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) has accused the ruling Zanu-PF party and the election commission of rigging the July 30 vote, Zimbabwe's first poll since the ousting of Robert Mugabe last year.

Mugabe's successor, Emmerson Mnangagwa, won with 50.8% of the vote - just enough to avoid a run-off against the MDC's Nelson Chamisa, who scored 44.3%.

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'A runoff is unavoidable,' MDC lawyer tells court

Zimbabwe's capital was under tight security on Wednesday as the Constitutional Court began to hear the main opposition party's challenge to the results of last month's historic presidential election.

Police barricaded the streets around the court in central Harare amid high tensions over the crucial case which will decide if President Emmerson Mnangagwa's election victory is valid.

The opposition claims the vote had "gross mathematical errors" and it seeks a fresh election or a declaration that its candidate Nelson Chamisa is the winner of the July 30 vote.

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Zimbabwe court to rule Friday on opposition's vote challenge

Zimbabwe's capital was under tight security as the Constitutional Court on Wednesday heard the main opposition party's challenge to the results of last month's presidential election, the first without longtime leader Robert Mugabe on the ballot.

The chief justice said the ruling would be announced on Friday at 14:00.

Police barricaded streets in Harare amid high tensions over the case which will decide if the victory of President Emmerson Mnangagwa, a former Mugabe enforcer, is valid. The opposition claims "gross mathematical errors" and seeks a fresh election or a declaration that its candidate, Nelson Chamisa, won.

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WATCH: The woman behind 'Africa's Harry Potter'

Author Tomi Adeyemi, 25, explains the inspiration behind her best-selling book Children of Blood and Bone, which is set in West Africa and draws on her own Nigerian heritage.

She has two more sequels and a movie adaptation on the way.

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PICS: Nigerians who fled Boko Haram return 'home' as presidential race heats up

For Fadi Ali, these last three years have been a terrifying game of cat and mouse with Boko Haram jihadists in northeast Nigeria.

"They slaughtered my husband, my grandmother and two of my children," says the 35-year-old mother from Ngoshe.

Ali finally came across an army convoy and was taken to Pulka, a camp in the country's remote northeast region.

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