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Vol 58 No 1

Published 6th January 2017


Zimbabwe

Mugabe's waiting room

Vice-President Mnangagwa looks increasingly set to take over the reins despite the First Lady's strong opposition

The country's restless public has failed to dislodge its nonagenarian leader, Robert Mugabe, who has ruled since 1980. If predictions of his demise have been as premature as they have been numerous, this year looks at last to be the one when the baton is handed on. That realisation did not prevent the ruling Zimbabwe African National Union-Patriotic Front (ZANU-PF) from selecting him as its presidential candidate in the 2018 elections. As his 93rd birthday approaches and the only national leader since Independence retreats to a ceremonial role, Vice-President Emmerson Mnangagwa is clearly taking more control of government business.

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