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Zimbabwe's President Emmerson Mnangagwa's victory at the ballot three weeks ago has now been confirmed in a courtroom
The country's Constitutional Court ruled unanimously on Friday and ruled that an action by the main opposition party had failed (19659008) The Democratic Change Movement and its candidate, Nelson Chamisa, have repeatedly struck that the election had been sabotaged by an official electoral commission in connection with Mnangagwa. Even before the polls were completed, Chamisa tweeted there had been "a deliberate attempt to suppress and frustrate some of his likely constituents".
These demands became even more urgent as voters waited days for the commission to announce who won. In these fearful days, six people were killed in clashes between security forces and demonstrators, and police raided the opposition party's offices.
The violence recalled a darker era of "ancient Zimbabwe" when the country was ruled by the strongman Robert Mugabe. The Iron President was the only leader Zimbabwe had known in nearly four decades of independence – until he resigned at the end of last year under the pressure of the military and Mnangagwa, a former ally who had served as Mugabe's spy leader before the two [1965-90] ] After Mugabe's fall, his ruling party, the Zimbabwe's African National Union Patriotic Front, retained power and Mnangagwa slipped into Mugabe's seat.
Despite initial signs of reform, including invitations to international election observers, recent allegations of electoral irregularities are akin to alleged fraud under Mugabe's regime.
NPR Eyder Peralta explained the pillars of the Opposition argument set out in the legal challenge submitted one week after the results were announced: the presidential and parliamentary elections had fallen by tens of thousands; more than a dozen polling stations showed identical results and the Electoral Commission changed the results three times. "
But these allegations were too" general "and not by specific" sufficient and credible evidence, "Chief Justice Luke Malaba said Friday Chamisa and his lawyers should have opened the polls to compare those votes with the official results." The best evidence would have been the contents of the ballot box itself. "
" We were not surprised by the court's decision "Mnangagwa tweeted on Friday ." The election results were in full agreement with the entire election poll and were entirely in agreement with the final number of [the Zimbabwe Election Support Network]the largest group of independent observers. "
After criticizing the MDC for" the totally unnecessary violent protests, "he immediately changed his tone with his 40-year-old adversary.  "Nelson Chamisa, my door is open and my arms outstretched, we are a nation, and we must first put our nation " he said . "Let's get over all our differences now, it's time to move forward together."
This hopeful tone clashed with what Eyder Peralta from NPR saw on Friday in Harare, the opposition capital. "Many hope for change", he observed "as spring conquers the city."
As for the Movement for Democratic Change, Secretary-General Douglas Mwonzora said the party would stick to the decision. "There are other means to settle this dispute, but the MDC wants to clarify that it will operate within the bounds of the law," he said, according to The Guardian.
In the meantime, Mnangagwa's inauguration has been resumed. After a delay for the court to consider the oppositional challenge, the ceremony is expected to take place this weekend.