Zimbabwe court to rule on election challenge

AP News
Posted: Aug 19, 2013 7:54 AM
Zimbabwe court to rule on election challenge

HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — Zimbabwe's highest court says it will rule Tuesday on a legal battle over disputed elections that gave President Robert Mugabe a landslide victory.

Opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai had withdrawn a legal challenge to the July 31 vote as a protest, saying state officials had refused to hand over voters' lists and other information that would have proven his allegations of widespread fraud.

But officials say Zimbabwe's Constitutional Court on Monday heard demands by Mugabe's attorneys for a hearing to go ahead anyway, apparently reflecting the president's confidence that the court will throw out the case.

Mugabe, who has been in power since 1980, appoints the nation's judges.