Johannesburg: The main opponents in Zimbabwe?s national election filed a legal challenge to the country?s highest court on Friday, citing widespread irregularities and demanding that the election be nullified.
The challengers, the Movement for Democratic Change, contend that the party of President Robert G. Mugabe, the 89-year-old former liberation hero who has ruled Zimbabwe since its independence in 1980, rigged the vote in order to claim a landslide victory, winning more than two-thirds of parliamentary seats and a 61 percent majority in the presidential race that kept him in office.
?This election was stolen,? said Douglas Mwonzora, a spokesman for the MDC. ?We are seeking that the election be nullified and that a new election be held within 60 days.? (NYTIMES)