Tsvangirai files challenge over poll

AFP-JIJI

Lawyers for Zimbabwe opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai’s party filed a legal challenge Friday against the outcome of an election that gave veteran President Robert Mugabe another five-year term.

Tsvangirai and his Movement for Democratic Change charge in a court appeal that the July 31 vote was a “farce” that was riddled with fraud and should be declared invalid. The election ended a shaky power-sharing government formed four years ago by Mugabe and Tsvangirai following a bloody election in 2008.

Zimbabwe’s Electoral Commission declared Mugabe the winner with 61 percent of the vote, against Tsvangirai with 34 percent. But local observers have called the polls flawed, and Western powers raised serious doubts over the vote.