Zimbabwe's Zimbabwe opposition party came to court on Friday to present an offer to overturn the results of the presidential election, which would have been rigged to secure the victory for Emmerson Mnangagwa.
Jameson Timba, a former MDC parliamentarian, confirmed to journalists that an appeal would be filed while crossing the Constitutional Court's entrance to Harare, accompanied by party lawyers.
Mnangagwa, who is trying to reverse the economic isolation of Zimbabwe and desperately attracts foreign investment, has promised that the elections would turn a page on the repressive 37 years of Mugabe
International observers have largely praised the conduct of the elections themselves, although EU observers said that Mnangagwa, a former Mugabe al benefited from an "unequal playing field" and some intimidation of voters.
Mnangagwa won the presidential race with 50.8% of the votes – just enough to avoid a run-off against Nelson Chamisa of the MDC, who scored 44.3
Chamisa defined the results of the "falsified and inflated" elections to guarantee Mnangagwa's victory.
The MDC had time until Friday to appeal, seven days after the announcement of the results.
Thanbani Party Advocate Last week Mpofu said that the Zimbabwean election commission "grossly, mathematically can not calculate" figures.
He said that the party had evidence "for the purposes, not only to create a credible and sustainable challenge, but that would produce a holiday of the whole process."
– Judges prefer the ruling party ? –
Analysts say the legal challenge has little chance of success given the historical tilt of the courts towards the ZANU-PF, which ruled from independence from British colonial rule in 1980.
But the legal action could delay the inauguration of Mnangagwa, scheduled for Sunday
The consequences of the polls were marked by accusations of repression on opposition members, including beatings and arrests.
On August 1, soldiers opened fire on the MDC protesters, killing six people and unleashing an international protest.
Also on Friday, senior lawyers Tendai Biti asked the judges to file charges against him for protests against the alleged electoral fraud, in a case that raised further international concerns about the new government.
Diplomats and elections observers were present at the Harare hearing after Biti had fled to Zambia but was returned to the Zimbabwe police despite seeking asylum.
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"Zimbabwe faces a terrible threat from a group of people who have no respect for the law" , told the court Biti, who received the bail on Thursday.
Mnangagwa wrote on Twitter that Biti was released after personally intervening in the case.
Zimbabwe's Human Rights Commission, established under the 2013 constitution, today published an overwhelming report on post-election repression.
He said he had received numerous allegations of intimidation, often from men in military uniform, of voters who thought they had supported the opposition.
"The ZHRC has ruled that there are hunts and harassment of electoral agents for independent candidates and opposition political parties"
In a joint statement on Thursday, the EU, US, Canadian and Australian missions in Zimbabwe urged the authority to guarantee the safety and human rights of Biti.
They said they were "deeply disturbed by continuing reports that opposition supporters are targeted by members of Zimbabwe's security forces."
The president, the ZANU-PF party and the electoral commission have denied all allegations of fraud.
President Emmerson Mnangagwa, left, was credited with a slight majority in the first round of voting – enough to avoid an outflow runoff. Opposition Nelson Chamisa, right, says the result was rigged
Chronology of events in Zimbabwe since 1980.
The opposition figure Tendai Biti arrived in handcuffs to the court of the magistrates of Harare after being deported from Zambia