Top Africa stories: Zim's Tendai Biti arrested, I Coast's Simone Gbagbo

WATCH: Zim opposition leader Biti arrested at border with Zambia – reports

Senior Zimbabwean opposition figure Tendai Biti was arrested as he tried to flee to neighbouring Zambia to seek asylum, his lawyer said on Wednesday, allegedly on charges of inciting violence over the disputed election result.

Journalist Karyn Maughan tweeted a document in which Biti stood accused of declaring Nelson Chamisa the winner of the July 30 election.

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Zim: Lawyer confirms Tendai Biti's arrest at border

Senior Zimbabwean opposition figure Tendai Biti was arrested as he tried to flee to neighbouring Zambia to seek asylum, his lawyer said on Wednesday, allegedly on charges of inciting violence over the disputed election result.

In last week's vote, President Emmerson Mnangagwa, Robert Mugabe's former ally, narrowly retained power, but the opposition MDC party has accused the electoral authority of rigging the result.

Supporters of the MDC took to the streets on August 1 to protest the alleged fraud, triggering a brutal response from the military which opened fire on the demonstrators leaving six people dead.

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MDC vows to overturn Mnangagwa's 'narrow election victory'

Zimbabwe's MDC opposition party on Wednesday vowed to overturn in court President Emmerson Mnangagwa's narrow election victory, alleging that he won the historic vote via "mammoth theft and fraud".

The country's first election since Robert Mugabe's ousting has been marred by rigging allegations, the army opening fire on opposition demonstrators killing six people, and accusations of a security crackdown on opposition supporters.

The MDC has until Friday to lodge its suit after Mnangagwa - formerly a close ally of Mugabe - won 50.8% in last week's vote, just scraping in above the 50% run-off threshold.

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Zimbabwe opposition official freed, lawyer says

A lawyer says Zimbabwe senior opposition official Tendai Biti has been released after being arrested while trying to enter Zambia and is now seeking asylum.

Denford Halimani says details are not immediately clear on the circumstances around Biti's release but the lawyer can confirm that he is now on Zambian soil.

Outrage quickly followed Biti's arrest on Wednesday morning.

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Ivory Coast ex-first lady Simone Gbagbo freed after amnesty

Former Ivory Coast first lady Simone Gbagbo, who had been serving a 20-year jail term, was released on Wednesday, two days after being amnestied by President Alassane Ouattara, her lawyer said.

Gbagbo left the gendarmerie academy in Abidjan where she had been held for seven years, said attorney Blede Dohore.

She was expected to head to her home in the upmarket district of Cocody, where around a thousand supporters were preparing to welcome her.

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