Zim­babwe ral­lies one last time be­fore elec­tion

The Charlotte Observer (Sunday) - - Nation & World -

Zim­babwe’s pres­i­dent promised a “thun­der­ous vic­tory” and his main chal­lenger told him “bye­bye” as they ral­lied sup­port­ers one last time ahead of Mon­day’s elec­tion in a coun­try seek­ing to move past decades of eco­nomic and po­lit­i­cal paral­y­sis.

The vote will be a first for the south­ern African na­tion: Long­time leader Robert Mu­gabe won’t be on the bal­lot after re­sign­ing in Novem­ber fol­low­ing a mil­i­tary takeover and pres­sure from the rul­ing ZANU-PF party that once backed him will be min­i­mal. The ma­jor­ity of Zim­babwe’s 5 mil­lion vot­ers grew up un­der Mu­gabe’s 37-year rule.

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