News / Africa

Mugabe Rival Withdraws Election Challenge

MDC President Morgan Tsvangirai addresses mourners at the burial of activist Rebecca Mafukeni in Harare, Aug. 14, 2013.
MDC President Morgan Tsvangirai addresses mourners at the burial of activist Rebecca Mafukeni in Harare, Aug. 14, 2013.
TEXT SIZE - +
— Zimbabwe’s prime minister, Morgan Tsvangirai, has withdrawn a constitutional court challenge to Robert Mugabe's July 31 re-election as president.  

In a two-page affidavit served at Zimbabwe’s Constitutional Court, Prime Minister Tsvangirai said it was with “deep regret and sadness” that he was withdrawing the case in which he wanted Mugabe’s re-election nullified.  Douglas Mwonzora is a lawyer and spokesman for the MDC party.  He says his party has three reasons for withdrawing the challenge.

“All the material we have been waiting has not been brought to us. This is in possession of ZEC [the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission] to do with the elections.  We have been told that we cannot lead oral evidence in the Constitutional Court, so our plan to bring people of Zimbabwe whose rights have been violated [during polling] cannot work,"

"The number three; President Mugabe said at Heroes Day there is not going to be overturning of the election result.  And he said that in the presence of the Chief Justice and other judges, so we are not going to proceed. This is going to be rubber stamping and we do not want to take Zimbabweans for granted."

The MDC official said his party hoped regional SADC leaders meeting in Malawi in the coming days would look at the situation in Zimbabwe.  In 2008, African leaders refused to recognize an election in which Mugabe claimed victory over Tsvangirai.  They forced the two to form a fragile power-sharing government that ended with last month's elections.

Official results showed Mugabe winning 61 percent of the presidential vote, while his ZANU-PF party took about two-thirds of the seats in parliament. Mugabe has ruled Zimbabwe since the country won independence in 1980.

Since Mugabe’s re-election, Zimbabwe’s stock market has fallen with analysts blaming the drop on a lack of confidence on his policies.

You May Like

Algerians Vote in Presidential Election

There were few media reports of protests and clashes around the country, but so far no significant violence More

Sharks More Evolved than Previously Thought

The discovery could “profoundly affect our understanding of evolutionary history” More

Pakistan Military Asked to Protect Polio Workers

Request comes as authorities say a Taliban ban on vaccinations in 2012 and deadly attacks on anti-polio teams have prevented thousands of children from getting inoculated More

This forum has been closed.
Comment Sorting
Comments
     
by: Xaaji Dhagax from: Somalia
August 18, 2013 1:03 AM
Morgan Tsvangirai's notorious three reasons that caused him to withdraw from a constitutional court challenge to Mugabe's re-election as president are not convincing. Probably there is a special under-table "deal" between these two gentlemen. If not later, soon we will find out the contents of the deal in a fine print. Let's wait!

Featured Videos

Your JavaScript is turned off or you have an old version of Adobe's Flash Player. Get the latest Flash player.
Google Buys Drone Companyi
|| 0:00:00
...
 
🔇
X
George Putic
April 15, 2014
In its latest purchase of high-tech companies, Google has acquired a manufacturer of solar-powered drones that can stay in the air almost indefinitely, relaying broadband Internet connection to remote areas. It is seen as yet another step in the U.S. based Web giant’s bid to bring Internet to the whole world. VOA’s George Putic reports.
Video

Video Google Buys Drone Company

In its latest purchase of high-tech companies, Google has acquired a manufacturer of solar-powered drones that can stay in the air almost indefinitely, relaying broadband Internet connection to remote areas. It is seen as yet another step in the U.S. based Web giant’s bid to bring Internet to the whole world. VOA’s George Putic reports.
Video

Video Ray Bonneville Sings the Blues and More on New CD

Singer/songwriter Ray Bonneville has released a new CD called “Easy Gone” with music that reflects his musical and personal journey from French-speaking Canada to his current home in Austin,Texas. The eclectic artist’s fan base extends from Texas to various parts of North America and Europe. VOA’s Greg Flakus reports from Austin.
Video

Video Millions Labor in Pakistan's Informal Economy

The World Bank says that in Pakistan, roughly 70 percent work in the so-called informal sector, a part of the economy that is unregulated and untaxed. VOA's Sharon Behn reports from Islamabad on how the informal sector impact's the Pakistani economy.
Video

Video Passover Celebrates Liberation from Bondage

Jewish people around the world are celebrating Passover, a commemoration of their liberation from slavery in Egypt more than 3,300 years ago. According to scripture, God helped the Jews, led by Moses, escape bondage in Egypt and cross the Red Sea into the desert. Zlatica Hoke reports that the story of the Jewish Exodus resonates with other people trying to escape slave-like conditions.
Video

Video Police Pursue Hate Crime Charges Against Kansas Shooting Suspect

Prosecutors are sifting through the evidence in the wake of Sunday’s shootings in a suburb of Kansas City, Missouri that left three people dead. A suspect in the shootings taken into custody is a white supremacist. As VOA’s Kane Farabaugh reports, he was well-known to law enforcement agencies and human rights groups alike.
Video

Video In Eastern Ukraine, Pro-unity Activists Emerge from Shadows

Amid the pro-Russian uprisings in eastern Ukraine, there is a large body of activists who support Ukrainian unity and reject Russian intervention. Their activities have remained largely underground, but they are preparing to take on their pro-Moscow opponents, as Henry Ridgwell reports from the eastern city of Donetsk.
Video

Video Basket Maker’s Skills Have World Reach

A prestigious craft show in the U.S. capital offers one-of-a-kind creations by more than 120 artists working in a variety of media. As VOA’s Julie Taboh reports from Washington, one artist lucky enough to be selected says sharing her skills with women overseas is just as significant.
Video

Video UN Report Urges Speedier Action to Avoid Climate Disaster

A new United Nations report says the world must switch from fossil fuels to cleaner energy sources to control the effects of climate change. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change released the report (Sunday) following a meeting of scientists and government representatives in Berlin. The comprehensive review follows two recent IPCC reports that detail the certainty of climate change, its impacts and in this most recent report what to do about it. VOA’s Rosanne Skirble has the details.
AppleAndroid