Senior Zimbabwe opposition figure Tendai Biti arrested at border

Zimbabwean police officials look at detained civilians as they stand in an armored vehicle outside MDC party headquarters in Harare

Zimbabwean police officials look at detained civilians as they stand in an armored vehicle outside MDC party headquarters in Harare

"For now it has been stayed pending determination of the court challenge", Ziyambi said.

Justice Minister Ziyambi Ziyambi told Reuters Sunday's inauguration "will no longer happen" until the case is finalised.

"We are seeking a declaration to the effect that the presidential election was not properly conducted".

Zimbabwe remains in political limbo.

His lawyers have toiled throughout the seven-day grace period afforded by the law to put together evidence to buttress the poll challenge.

There will still be a core European Union team to monitor the election petitions in the urgent, and no doubt fiercely fought, court days ahead.

The foreign affairs ministry on Tuesday said the inauguration was scheduled to take place on Sunday.

Earlier this month, Mnangagwa secured a comfortable victory, according to results from the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission, polling 2.46 million votes against 2.15 million for the 40-year-old Chamisa.




Mnangagwa's ruling ZANU-PF party dismissed the legal action.

"I am confident they have no case".

United States ambassador to Zimbabwe Brian Nichols Thursday made a surprise appearance at Tendai Biti's court hearing telling journalists soon after that the decision by Zimbabwean authorities to charge the MDC Alliance politician was "worrisome".

It said it had received numerous complaints of intimidation, often by men in military uniform, of voters thought to have backed the opposition.

Analysts say the legal challenge has little chance of success given the courts' historic tilt towards the ZANU-PF, which has ruled since independence from British colonial rule in 1980.

The election passed off relatively smoothly but its aftermath revealed the deep rifts in Zimbabwean society.

At least six people were killed two days after the vote in clashes between security forces and MDC Alliance supporters who alleged that Mr Chamisa had been robbed of victory.

The Zimbabwe Human Rights Commission, established under the 2013 constitution, on Friday released a damning report into the post-election crackdown.

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