Zimbabwe To Hold General Election On August 23rd

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Zimbabwe will hold its presidential and parliamentary elections on August 23rd.

President Emmerson Mnangagwa made the announcement on Wednesday, as the southern African country continues to battle a raging economic crisis.

Mnangagwa, elected president in 2018, will be seeking a second term in office. His election followed a military coup that deposed Robert Mugabe in 2017.

The 80-year-old’s main rival is a lawyer and a pastor, 45-year-old Nelson Chamisa who leads the newly formed Citizens Coalition for Change, CCC.

Meanwhile, the opposition accuses the party in power, Zanu-PF, of repression against political opponents.

On Tuesday, Chamisa accused President Mnangagwa of being vague about the dates of the election.

The Zanu-PF party has been in power in Zimbabwe since the country’s independence in 1980.


AFRICANEWS/Christopher Ojilere

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