Mnangagwa to be nominated as Zanu-PF’s candidate for Zimbabwe president

HARARE, ZIMBABWE (REUTERS) – Zimbabwe’s ruling party fired Robert Mugabe as its leader on Sunday (November 19), replacing him with Emmerson Mnangagwa, the deputy he sacked this month, a senior party official told a news conference.

The 93-year-old Mugabe was given less than 24 hours to quit as head of state or face impeachment, an attempt to force a peaceful end to his 37 years in power after a de facto coup.

Mnangagwa, a former state security chief known as “The Crocodile,” is now in line to head an interim post-Mugabe unity government that will focus on rebuilding ties with the outside world and stabilising an economy in freefall.

Mugabe is the only leader Zimbabwe has known since independence from Britain in 1980 but his support has crumbled in the four days since the army seized power.


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