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Mugabe's election victory challenged by opposition

By Columbus S. Mavhunga, for CNN
updated 12:31 PM EDT, Fri August 9, 2013

(CNN) -- The party of Zimbabwean Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai on Friday filed an appeal challenging last week's re-election of the nation's president.

Zimbabwe's election commission had said President Robert Mugabe defeated Tsvangirai 61% to 34% in the presidential election, but Tsvangirai claimed the balloting was fraudulent.

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The appeal, filed by Tsvangirai's Movement for Democratic Change, asks that the election be declared void, and calls for a new election within 60 days.

Tsvangirai, 61, had called the balloting "a fraudulent and a stolen election" -- and said he plans to mount a court challenge. The United States, the United Kingdom and Australia also called the July 31 vote into question.

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Election observers and foreign officials raised doubts Saturday about the way the election was conducted, though some of them noted it was peaceful -- in contrast to the last election, in 2008, where post-vote violence left at last 200 people dead and thousands injured.

Mugabe has been the only leader an independent Zimbabwe has ever known.

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