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Way cleared for Mugabe inauguration
18/08/2013 00:00:00
by SAPA
 
Awaiting inauguration ... President Robert Mugabe
 
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A DECISION by the MDC-T to drop a legal challenge to President Robert Mugabe’s re-election has cleared the way for his inauguration for another five-year term.

Mugabe was declared the winner of the 31 July election with 61% of the vote, but the inauguration was frozen after Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai of the MDC - who got 34% - challenged the result.

Tsvangirai accused the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission of rigging the poll in favour of Mugabe, who has governed the country since independence in 1980.

The MDC dropped its challenge on Friday, saying it would not get a fair hearing in the case.

"Now the swearing in of the president can go ahead. There is no way Tsvangirai can mount another challenge as he can only do that within seven days of the announcement of the results," lawyer Jonathan Samkange told dpa on Saturday.

"It was inevitable that he would not go ahead with his court challenge. He was wasting his time. This paves the way for our leader to be inaugurated and jump into the cockpit to rescue the country,” Zanu PF spokesman Rugare Gumbo said.

"We can only celebrate when the president is in charge alone," said Sam Chamunovava at a regional Zanu-PF headquarters in Harare.

MDC spokesperson Douglas Mwonzora denied assertions by Zanu PF that Tsvangirai's withdrawal had handed legitimacy to Mugabe's re-election.

"We had too many hurdles to jump. We cannot recognise a stolen election," added Mwonzora, a veteran lawyer.

Mugabe and Tsvangirai formed a power-sharing government after the disputed election of 2008, which was marred by violence.

But the vote on 31 July gave Zanu PF a parliamentary majority of more than two-thirds, with 160 of the 210 seats.

On Saturday, police increased their presence on the streets of Harare, with all roads to the parliament building closed.


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