Zimbabwe court throws out election-fix case
on 20/08/2013 17:33:47
Chief Justice Godfrey Chidyausiku, head of the Constitutional Court, dismissed the challenge from Zimbabwe's main opposition party and said the court found that the elections had been free and fair. The ruling clears the way for Mr Mugabe's inauguration on Thursday.
Mr Mugabe, who has been in power since 1980, appoints the nation's judges and they have frequently ruled in his favor in the past decade of political and economic turmoil.
Opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai had sought to withdraw his legal challenge, saying the state refused to hand over polling data that he needed as evidence. But the court considered the challenge anyway.