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14:11, 29 July 2018

Zimbabwe election: Mugabe turns on Mnangagwa in surprise pre-poll speech

Zimbabwe election: Mugabe turns on Mnangagwa in surprise pre-poll speech

Zimbabwe’s ex-president Robert Mugabe has provided a surprise press conference on the eve of the nation’s elections.

Mr Mugabe stated he would not support his successor in the Zanu-PF celebration, Emmerson Mnangagwa, following getting forced from workplace by the “celebration I founded”.

“I can not vote for those who tormented me,” he mentioned. “I will make my choice among the other 22 [candidates].”

Zimbabweans go to the polls on Monday in the initial vote given that Mr Mugabe was ousted in November.

What did Mr Mugabe say?

Speaking from his house in the capital, Harare, on Sunday, the former president once more said he had been “sacked” as portion of a military coup and that he left workplace in order to “avoid conflict”.

He said that he now wished the leader of the opposition Movement for Democratic Modify (MDC), Nelson Chamisa, well in Monday’s vote.

“He seems to be performing nicely, and if he is elected I wish him nicely,” he said.

When asked by the BBC’s Fergal Keane if he would like to see Mr Chamisa acquire energy in Zimbabwe, Mr Mugabe, 94, indicated that he was the only viable candidate.

Mr Mugabe said: “I hope the selection of voting tomorrow will throw, thrust away the military government and bring us back to constitutionality.

“Let tomorrow be the voice of the individuals to say never once again shall we expertise a period exactly where the army is used to thrust one individual into power.”

Mr Mugabe also denied that, as president, he had planned to hand the leadership to his wife, Grace, saying it was “utter nonsense”, and suggested that ex-defence minister Sydney Sekeramayi should have taken over.

Mr Mugabe added that, since he was forced from office last year, “the individuals of Zimbabwe have not been cost-free”.

What is happening on Monday?

Much more than 5 million Zimbabweans are preparing to go to the polls for what will be the 1st time in 38 years without having Mr Mugabe in power.

They will be voting in presidential, parliamentary and nearby elections. There are 23 candidates on the presidential ballot.

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The money-strapped and impoverished country, which has recognized decades of repressive rule, faces severe economic challenges.

These incorporate problems of investment, education, healthcare and jobs – some estimates recommend that the unemployment price in Zimbabwe is as higher as 90%.

A lot of Zimbabweans have left the nation in search of perform in South Africa.

Zimbabwe election: Mugabe turns on Mnangagwa in surprise pre-poll speech

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The nation is expecting a high turnout of 1st-time voters on Monday, exactly where the youth vote is expected to be important, with nearly half of these registered being beneath the age of 35.

Who are the frontrunners?

The frontrunners in addressing these challenges are Zanu-PF’s President Mnangagwa, 75, and the MDC’s Mr Chamisa, 40.

President Mnangagwa, who is recognized as “the crocodile” due to the fact of his political shrewdness, has promised to provide jobs and is noticed as open to financial reforms.

He has survived many assassination attempts blamed on supporters of Mr Mugabe.

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Mr Chamisa, who became an MP at the age of 25, could become Zimbabwe’s youngest president.

He is known for his wit and humour, and as a lawyer and a pastor his rallies and news conferences have taken on the fervour of a revivalist campaign.

An opinion poll last week saw the MDC close the gap with Zanu-PF from 11 percentage points to three, with 20% of voters undecided. It was only the second of two opinion polls.

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Election in numbers

  • 5,635,706 folks have re-registered to a new voters’ roll the opposition nevertheless has doubts about its accuracy
  • 43.five% of registered voters are beneath 35
  • 10,985 polling stations
  • 16 years since EU and US observers were permitted to monitor elections

Published at Sun, 29 Jul 2018 13:08:01 +0000

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