Harare — On Wednesday, Zimbabwe’s ruling Zanu-PF party filed a counter-petition challenging the opposition’s court bid to overturn election results that gave a narrow victory to incumbent Emmerson Mnangagwa. Zanu-PF submitted its papers to the country’s constitutional court, which is considering an appeal by the opposition MDC party alleging that the election was rigged in favour of Mnangagwa, Robert Mugabe’s former vice-president. The MDC has accused the Zanu-PF and the election commission of ballot fraud in the July 30 vote, Zimbabwe’s first poll since the ousting of Mugabe in November. "We have filed our papers opposing the petition filed by the MDC," Paul Mangwana, a Zanu-PF spokesperson and member of the legal team, told AFP. "It’s now up to the court to decide." Mnangagwa narrowly won the presidential race with 50.8% of the vote — just enough to avoid a run-off against the MDC’s Nelson Chamisa, who won 44.3%. Mnangagwa’s inauguration — which had been planned for Sunday August ...

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