Zim­babwe’s VP fired, opening way for first lady Grace Mu­gabe

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Zim­bab­wean Pres­i­dent Robert Mu­gabe fired a vice pres­i­dent who had been a likely suc­ces­sor, re­mov­ing an ob­sta­cle to the pres­i­den­tial am­bi­tions of Mu­gabe’s wife.

Vice Pres­i­dent Em­mer­son Mnan­gagwa was re­moved from of­fice “with im­me­di­ate ef­fect,” the gov­ern­ment said Mon­day, mak­ing pos­si­ble the ap­point­ment of Grace Mu­gabe.

The pres­i­dent, 93, and his wife ac­cused Mnan­gagwa of plot­ting to oust Zim­babwe’s leader, who has been in power since in­de­pen­dence from white mi­nor­ity rule in 1980.

Mnan­gagwa had been vice pres­i­dent since 2014 when his pre­de­ces­sor, Joice Mu­juru, was fired for al­legedly plot­ting to oust Mu­gabe.

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