Mnangagwa inauguration deferred after court challenge of result

Emmerson Mnangagwa became Zimbabwe's third president since independence [Mike Hutchings/Reuters]

HARARE – The presidential inauguration of Zimbabwe’s Emmerson Mnangagwa has been delayed amid a court challenge over his election victory.

Zimbabwe’s Justice Minister Ziyambi Ziyambi said Sunday’s ceremony has been delayed after Nelson Chamisa, leader of the opposition Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) launched a legal bid to overturn last month’s presidential election result.

“It will no longer happen. For now it has been stayed pending determination of the court challenge,” Ziyambi said.

Zimbabwe's President Emmerson Mnangagwa has told Sky News he has "no problem" with Robert Mugabe, and Britain is better when it has a female prime minister.

The MDC accuses Mr Mnangagwa’s ruling ZANU-PF party of rigging the vote, the first poll since long-time president Robert Mugabe was ousted in November.

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