Zimbabwe to hold “post Mugabe era” elections in five month

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Zimbabwe’s new president Emmerson Mnangagwa
Zimbabwe’s new president Emmerson Mnangagwa

Zimbabwe will hold general Presidential elections in four to five months, the first time since independence the southern African state will conduct a vote that does not involve Robert Mugabe.

The vote, a litmus test of Mnangagwa’s democratic credentials, will be crucial to unlocking badly needed financial assistance and repairing relations with Western powers and international financial institutions.

Mnangagwa, a protege of Mugabe, came to power in November after a de-facto military coup when the 93-year-old was forced to resign after the military confined him to his Harare mansion.

It was the culmination of a power struggle between Mnangagwa and former first lady Grace Mugabe, who was being groomed by her husband as his potential successor.

 

– Reuters

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