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Old ZANU-PF in new bottles

President Emmerson Mnangagwa Pic: Shaun Jusa/Xinhua News Agency/PA Images
President Emmerson Mnangagwa Pic: Shaun Jusa/Xinhua News Agency/PA Images

Post-Mugabe optimism faces a reality check. Bolstered by fresh funds, Emmerson Mnangagwa is set for electoral victory

As the first new leader that Zimbabwe has had in 37 years, President Emmerson Mnangagwa begins the year riding a wave of goodwill, having removed the apparently eternally-entrenched Robert Mugabe from power, cleared the streets of the despised police roadblocks and ushered in what looks like a new political dispensation. However, the euphoria of the post-Mugabe street party will fade and Mnangagwa will find it increasingly difficult to manage expectations.

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