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Harare - Zimbabwe's main opposition party said on Friday it had been asked to leave a 1-million-dollar security deposit with a court if it wanted to challenge results of parliamentary elections won by President Robert Mugabe's Zanu-PF party.
The Movement for Democratic Change, led by Morgan Tsvangirai, says the July 31 elections were rigged.
The party's attempt to have a court annul the presidential results failed, after the MDC last week withdrew its petition saying it could not get a fair trial.
Mugabe, 89, who has led Zimbabwe since independence in 1980, was sworn in for a new five-year term as head of state on Thursday.
“The amount being demanded is not affordable to the party and its members,” said MDC spokesman Douglas Mwonzora, calling the demand for the deposit “commodifying justice.”
The large sum would be returned to the party if it won its appeals, but would be forfeited if it loses to cover the court's administrative fees.
The MDC is seeking to reverse the results of 100 parliamentary seats.
Zanu-PF won more than a two-thirds majority in the 210-seat parliament, giving it the power to change the constitution.