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Zimbabwe: First post-Mugabe election called

Zimbabwe: First post-Mugabe election called

Zimbabwe’s the most anticipated political event is the upcoming election. The first general election since ex-president Mugabe was ousted in a military coup has been set for 30 July.

After November military coup, Emmerson Mnangagwa was elected as leader of Mugabe’s ZANU-PF party and inaugurated as president. Such an interim measure and elections will now appoint the president and the members of both houses of parliament.

The African country will hold its first free and fair elections since dictator Mugabe together with his wife Grace were removed from power, with more than a hundred parties seeking to compete at the ballot box on July 30, 2018.

The upcoming presidential elections are the most anticipated event in Zimbabwe’s political life. Absent from the long list of candidates vying for power for the first time since the country’s independence 38 years ago is Mr Mugabe, 94, whose rule came to an end in a military takeover last November.

Emmerson Mnangagwa, his former enforcer and the man who replaced him as president, tweeted an invitation to “all of our international partners to come and celebrate Zimbabwean democracy in action”.