Zuma’s MK Party tries to prevent the new South African Parliament from convening

JOHANNESBURG, South Africa (Reuters) – Former South African President Jacob Zuma’s uMkhonto we Sizwe party filed a request at the Constitutional Court to try and block the National Assembly’s first session since the election last month.

The newly-elected parliament of South Africa is expected to meet on Friday, where it will be sworn in and elect its speaker and vice speaker as well the country’s President.

Zuma’s MK Party came in a surprising strong third place at the 29th May vote, but has accused vote-rigging and threatened to boycott a new parliament.

South Africa has a long history of vote fraud, but the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) and other parties have said that this election was fair and free.

Zuma’s political home of 30 years, the African National Congress, lost its parliamentary majority in the election.

The ANC has begun negotiating with potential partners, ranging from Marxists and free-marketeers to form a government of national unity.

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