Mnangagwa says disputed Zimbabwe election 'behind us'

President-elect Emmerson Mnangagwa

President-elect Emmerson Mnangagwa

The six civilians killed were among MDC Alliance protesters and bystanders during angry reactions to the announcement of election results which gave Zanu PF a crushing victory over the main opposition.

Paul Mangwana, the ruling party's legal affairs secretary and one of Mnangagwa's lawyers said Chamisa would now be required to respond to Mnangagwa's application before the matter is set down for a hearing.

President Emmerson Mnangagwa has been applauded for upholding the Constitution and averting any form of vacuum by ensuring all arms of government continue to execute their duties in line with his Zimbabwe is open for business mantra and other socio-economic fundamentals.

A lawyer representing Chamisa said he could not comment because he had not yet been served with Mnangagwa's papers.

The main opposition MDC party on Friday filed a legal challenge to the results alleging "gross mathematical errors" and calling for a fresh vote or a declaration that their candidate, Nelson Chamisa, was the victor.

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Mnangagwa narrowly won the presidential race with 50.8 percent of the vote - just enough to avoid a run-off against the MDC's Nelson Chamisa, who scored 44.3 percent.

The Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) has accused 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.

Another of Mnangagwa's lawyers, Lewis Uriri told the official Herald newspaper's online edition that he had asked the court to dismiss Chamisa's application, which he said had missed a 10 a.m. (0800 GMT) deadline last Friday.

Zimbabwe's Constitutional Court has 14 days to make a final ruling on the hotly disputed election. A full bench of nine judges‚ led by Chief Justice Luke Malaba‚ is expected to make a decision on the court challenge.

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