The following is an excerpt from rt.com | July 30, 2018 |
Zimbabwe’s presidential election is a chance for the people to choose a new leader after decades of Robert Mugabe’s rule. However, some big global players don’t want the “wrong candidate” to win, one analyst told RT.
The southern African nation of Zimbabwe held its presidential election on Sunday – the first since Robert Mugabe was ousted from power following 37 years in charge. A record 23 presidential candidates were cleared to run for office, but the main battle is unfolding between just two – incumbent President Emmerson Mnangagwa and opposition leader Nelson Chamisa.
Mnangagwa, who came to power after Mugabe’s ousting, was the latter’s long-standing ally, but the former leader has not voiced any support for the current president. Mnangagwa, 75, reportedly seeks to deepen and develop ties with Russia and China and is expected to win 40 percent of the vote, according to pollsters.
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