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A vice-presidency is again vacant, sharpening choices about the constitution and creating openings for those outside the two main parties

Vice-President John Landa Nkomo died after a long illness on 17 January, aged 79. His death set in motion yet another tortuous competition for the vacant post among factions of the Zimbabwe African National Union-Patriotic Front and others. Normally, President Robert Mugabe shies away from these struggles but he may not be able to, depending on the provisions of the new constitution. It is becoming ever more likely that under the new constitution, the gift of the vice-presidency will stay with the political party of the incumbent President, in this case, ZANU-PF. Meanwhile, aspirants are beavering away.

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John Landa Nkomo, Robert Mugabe, Simba Makoni, Morgan Tsvangirai, Too many issues for now, Simpson Mutambanengwe, Simon Khaya Moyo, Obert Mpofu, Kembo Mohadi, Dumiso Dabengwa, Didymus Mutasa, Saviour Kasukuwere