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Zimbabwe to hold national election on July 30

By AFP 30 May 2018
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A woman walks past Zimbabwean President Emmerson Mnangagwa's billboard on a highway in Harare, Zimbabwe, 20 May 2018. EPA-EFE/AARON UFUMELI

Zimbabwe will hold nation-wide polls to elect the president and members of parliament's lower house on July 30, President Emmerson Mnangagwa said in an official publication on Wednesday.

The elections will be a major test for Mnangagwa who succeeded veteran former president Robert Mugabe as head of state following a brief military takeover in November that led to the 94-year-old’s departure.

“Monday, the 30th day of July, 2018 (is) the day of the election to the office of President, the election of members of the National Assembly and election of councillors,” said the Zimbabwe Government Gazette.

Mugabe’s successor President Emmerson Mnangagwa, 75, will square off against Nelson Chamisa, 40, of the opposition Movement for Democratic Change.

Elections under Mugabe were marred by corruption, intimidation and violence, but Mnangagwa has vowed to hold a free and fair vote. DM

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