July 30, 2018 / 5:08 AM / in 3 months

Polls open in Zimbabwe's first election since Mugabe's removal

HARARE (Reuters) - Polls opened on Monday in Zimbabwe’s first election since the removal of former president Robert Mugabe, a watershed vote Zimbabweans hope will rid the country of its global pariah status and spark a recovery in its failed economy.

Zimbabwean voters queue to cast their ballots in the country's general elections in Harare, Zimbabwe, July 30, 2018. REUTERS/Mike Hutchings

The election will see 75-year-old President Emmerson Mnangagwa, a long-time Mugabe ally, face 40-year-old Nelson Chamisa, a lawyer and pastor who is vying to become Zimbabwe’s youngest head of state.

Voting began at 7 a.m. (0500 GMT) and will end at 7 p.m.

Reporting by MacDonald Dzirutwe and Joe Brock; Editing by Paul Tait

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