Zimbabwe's High Court has rejected a demand from the opposition that it stop a partial recount of results from last month's disputed general elections.
Judge Antonio Guvava (Friday) dismissed the petition from the opposition Movement for Democratic Change, saying it has "no merit." Zimbabwe's electoral commission now plans to conduct a recount of presidential, parliamentary, and local council votes from 23 constituencies.
The recount, set for Saturday, could strip the MDC of the control of parliament it won last month. The court issued the ruling on Zimbabwe's independence day, which President Robert Mugabe marked with his first major speech since the elections. In a fiery address, Mr. Mugabe accused the opposition of wanting to return Zimbabwe to British rule. The MDC says its candidate Morgan Tsvangirai defeated Mr. Mugabe in the March 29th election. Despite intense international pressure, Zimbabwe's election commission has still not released official results from the presidential ballot.