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The Latest: The Zimbabwean Court Confirms the Presidential Election



HARARE, Zimbabwe – The Latest on Zimbabwe's Controversial Presidential Elections (All Times Local):

16:10

Zimbabwe's Constitutional Court upheld President Emmerson Mnangagwa's narrow electoral victory in the historic elections last month following the alleged election (19659004 The unanimous decision that the opposition failed to provide "sufficient and credible evidence" means that the inauguration will take place within 48 hours as Zimbabwe enters a new era following Robert Mugabe's 37-year reign. Security The July 30 ruling was peaceful, but scenes of the military entering the capital two days later to disperse opposition opponents led to fears that Mnangagwa's government would run aground despite announcements of reforms in the past ,

The 75-year-old Mnangagwa, a former enforcer for Mugabe, took power after Mugabe resigned in November under military pressure.

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14:15

Zimbabwe's state media say the Constitutional Court verdict on the controversial presidential election has been delayed by an hour.

The verdict is now expected at 3 pm (1300 GMT)

In the capital, Harare, security is in short supply as the court will decide whether the narrow victory of President Emmerson Mnangagwa is correct. The opposition claims electoral manipulation and seeks either a new election or a claim that its candidate, Nelson Chamisa, won.

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1:25 pm

Zimbabwe's largest opposition expresses concern over reports that preparations have begun for the inauguration of President Emmerson Mnangagwa even before the Constitutional Court ruled on its contestation of the election results.

One speaker spoke to reporters one hour before the verdict was pronounced.

The speaker says inauguration preparations can not begin before the court verdict and "that's a problem."

If the court upholds Mnangagwa's narrow electoral victory, the inauguration will take place within 48 hours.

An Associated Press reporter sees no preparation for the National Stadium in the capital, Harare

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10:30

The Constitutional Court of Zimbabwe decides on Friday afternoon to reject the main opposition to the outcome of the last one Presidential election last month

Security in the capital, Harare, is strained as the court will decide if President Emmerson Mnangagwa's narrow victory is correct. The opposition claims electoral manipulation and either seeks a new election or a claim that its candidate, Nelson Chamisa, has won.

A credible voice is key to overcoming international sanctions as the South African nation seeks to distance itself from the long shadow of Robert Mugabe's 37-year reign

The vote on July 30 was peaceful, yet scenes of the military The fact that two days later invaded the capital to disperse opposition supporters has led to fears that the government of Mnangagwa, a former Mugabe executor, has in the past, despite reforms

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