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Zimbabwe top court sacks 'illegally appointed' main opposition leader

<p>Zimbabwe’s main opposition leader has been removed as President of the Movement for Democratic Change party.</p> <p>Nelson Chamisa lost a court appeal to remain head of the country’s biggest opposition party on Tuesday, when the Supreme Court ruled that his appointment was illegal.</p> <p>While the party prepares to hold a congress within the next three months, Thokozani Khupe, the former <span class="caps">MDC</span> vice-president and Chamisa’s main challenger, will lead the party.</p> <p>The court noted that Chamisa had not been elected by a congress as prescribed by <span class="caps">MDC</span> bylaws. In 2018, Chamisa won about 45% of the national presidential vote, losing narrowly to President Emmerson Mnangagwa.</p> <p>Following the death in 2018 of <span class="caps">MDC</span> founder, Morgan Tsvangirai, the duo have claimed to be the legitimate leaders of the party. Nelson Chamisa will either appeal the court decision, or leave the <span class="caps">MDC</span> to form a new political party, according to experts.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p lang="en" dir="ltr"><span class="caps">DICTATORSHIP</span> <span class="caps">NEVER</span> <span class="caps">WINS</span>. <span class="caps">DICTATORSHIP</span> <span class="caps">ALWAYS</span> <span class="caps">ULTIMATELY</span> <span class="caps">FALLS</span> <span class="caps">AND</span> SO <span class="caps">SHALL</span> IT BE <span class="caps">WITH</span> <span class="caps">ALL</span> <span class="caps">THOSE</span> <span class="caps">WHO</span> <span class="caps">CONNIVE</span> <span class="caps">WITH</span> IT!THE <span class="caps">PEOPLE</span> <span class="caps">ALWAYS</span> <span class="caps">WIN</span> <span class="caps">AND</span> <span class="caps">THE</span> <span class="caps">PEOPLE</span> <span class="caps">SHALL</span> <span class="caps">GOVERN</span>! <span class="caps">BIGGER</span> <span class="caps">AFTER</span> IT <span class="caps">ALL</span>. <span class="caps">CORRECTNESS</span> <span class="caps">NEVER</span> <span class="caps">COMES</span> <span class="caps">SECOND</span> <span class="caps">BEST</span>!</p>— nelson chamisa (@nelsonchamisa) <a href="https://twitter.com/nelsonchamisa/status/1244952445454778368?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">March 31, 2020</a></blockquote> <script async src="https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>