Zimbabwe Elections in Next 5 Months
The new president of Zimbabwe has stated that the country will hold elections in the next four to five months.
This timeline points to an earlier date than expected following the removal of Robert Mugabe who ruled over the country for over three decades.
President Emmerson Mnangagwa took office in November 2017 after once-loyal ZANU-PF lawmakers launched impeachment proceedings which ended Mugabe’s reign.
“Zimbabwe is going for elections in four to five months’ time and we have to preach peace, peace and peace,” Mnangagwa said recently during a visit to neighbouring Mozambique.
According to the state-owned Herald newspaper, Mnangagwa, 75, vowed to hold fair elections to ensure Zimbabwe “engages the world as a qualified democratic state”.
For decades Zimbabwean elections have been marred by vote rigging, intimidation and violent suppression of the opposition.
Mnangagwa was one of Mugabe’s closest allies in the ruling ZANU-PF party, and he is accused of playing a key role in the authoritarian regime that left the economy in ruins.
Mnangagwa has appointed military officials to key government positions and pledged to revive the economy by boosting agricultural production and attracting foreign investment.
The election had been expected in late July or August.
Image: Zimbabwean President, Emmerson Mnangagwa. [Online image] (2018) sourced on 18 January 2018 from https://www.premiumtimesng.com/foreign/africa/255429-zimbabwe-leader-mnangagwa-reveals-perilous-escape-sacked-mugabe.html.