HARARE - Zimbabwe's high court said yesterday it has jurisdiction to decide on an opposition bid to force the release of presidential election results, but delayed the case until today, an opposition lawyer said.
The opposition Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) has been trying since Saturday to accelerate release of the results, saying its leader, Morgan Tsvangirai, pictured, won the election and should be declared president, ending the 28-year rule of Robert Mugabe.
MDC lawyer Alec Muchadehama said the court would rule today on whether the case should be heard urgently.
"I think the ZEC [Zimbabwe Electoral Commission] just wants to delay the whole thing," he said.
The court had adjourned the case on Sunday to decide on a ZEC argument that it did not have jurisdiction.
The ZEC is resisting the MDC's attempt to force the release of the result and Mugabe's ruling Zanu-PF party wants an announcement of the outcome to be delayed pending a recount.
The opposition says Mugabe is trying to delay the result to give him more time to organise a fight-back after his first electoral defeat, when Zanu-PF lost a parallel parliamentary election.
As the court case continued, Tsvangirai went to South Africa after saying Zimbabwe was on a razor's edge and appealing for intervention by Pretoria, the US and Britain.
"Major powers here, such as South Africa, the US and Britain, must act to remove the whiteknuckle grip of Mugabe's suicidal reign and oblige him and his minions to retire," Tsvangirai wrote in England's Guardian newspaper.
But President Thabo Mbeki said at the weekend that the post-election situation there was "manageable" and it was not the time for international intervention. - Reuters