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Zimbabwe opposition asks court to order new election

Zimbabwe election
Opposition Movement For Democratic Change spokesman Douglas Mwonzora, center, addresses journalists outside the Constitutional Court in Harare, Zimbabwe. Lawyers for party leader Morgan Tsvangirai filed an appeal with the court against recent election results.
(Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi / Associated Press)

HARARE, Zimbabwe — Lawyers for Zimbabwe’s outgoing prime minister, Morgan Tsvangirai, said Friday they have filed an appeal with the Constitutional Court against the July 31 election results that gave longtime President Robert Mugabe 61% of the vote.

Tsvangirai’s attorneys said they discovered that 870,000 names were duplicated on the voter lists.

“We are going to submit good evidence” of vote-buying, rigging and other irregularities, said Tsvangirai’s party spokesman, Douglas Mwonzora.

Attorney Chris Mhike told reporters outside the courthouse that Tsvangirai wants the elections declared null and void and for a new poll to be held in 60 days.


Supporters of Mugabe scoff at accusations of election fraud in this southern African nation.

The Constitutional Court judges are considered Mugabe loyalists.


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