Mu­gabe’s man wins

Em­mer­son Mnan­gagwa, once Robert Mu­gabe’s right-hand man and a fix­ture in Zim­bab­wean pol­i­tics since in­de­pen­dence, re­tains the pres­i­dency and prom­ises a new be­gin­ning for the coun­try.

FrontLine - - WORLD AFFAIRS - BY JOHN CHE­RIAN

THE FI­NAL RE­SULTS OF THE PRES­I­DEN­TIAL and par­lia­men­tary elec­tions in Zim­babwe held on July 30 were on ex­pected lines. Opin­ion polls con­ducted be­fore the elec­tions had pre­dicted a nar­row vic­tory for the long-rul­ing Zim­babwe African Na­tional Union-pa­tri­otic Front (ZANU-PF) party and its pres­i­den­tial can­di­date, the 75-year-old Em­mer­son Mnan­gagwa. The op­po­si­tion was not as united as it was when Zim­babwe went to the polls the last time around. Mor­gan Ts­van­gi­rai, who had led the main op­po­si­tion party in the coun­try, the Move­ment for Demo­cratic Change (MDC), since the late 1990s, passed away ear­lier in the year. Op­po­si­tion dis­unity was most vis­i­ble dur­ing the con­test to select his suc­ces­sor. Thokozani Khupe, a se­nior MDC fig­ure, split

PRES­I­DENT EM­MER­SON MNAN­GAGWA Harare on Au­gust 13. dur­ing the He­roes Day com­mem­o­ra­tions held at the Na­tional He­roes Acre in

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