Mnan­gagwa, ri­val sign up for poll:


Arab Times - - INTERNATIONAL -

Pres­i­dent Em­mer­son Mnan­gagwa reg­is­tered on Thurs­day for Zim­babwe’s first na­tional elec­tions of the post-Mu­gabe era, with his main ri­val Nel­son Chamisa hop­ing to rally younger vot­ers against the generation that won in­de­pen­dence.

Western gov­ern­ments and investors will be closely watch­ing the July 30 pres­i­den­tial and par­lia­men­tary bal­lots, for which mon­i­tors got clear­ance to de­ploy for the first time since 2002.

Mnan­gagwa and Chamisa, who also signed up on Thurs­day, are both cam­paign­ing on a pledge to re­vive an econ­omy crip­pled by a legacy of of­ten vi­o­lent seizures of land from white com­mer­cial farm­ers and a black eco­nomic em­pow­er­ment drive that tar­geted for­eign-owned busi­nesses. (RTRS)

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