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Zimbabwe's next president to be sworn in on Friday

Wednesday, November 22, 2017 - 01:33

Zimbabwe's former vice president Emmerson Mnangagwa will be sworn in as president on Friday marking a new era for a country dominated by Robert Mugabe for nearly four decades. Scarlett Cvitanovich reports.

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Zimbabweans are preparing to welcome home their next president, boarding buses in central Harare heading to the capital's airport. Where the man known as 'The Crocodile' is expected to return from exile. Parliament's speaker has confirmed vice president Emmerson Mnangagwa will be sworn in as the African nation's new leader on Friday (November 24). He had fled for safety two weeks ago when then president Robert Mugabe fired him. His ousting sparking the military takeover that forced Mugabe out. After ruling Zimbabwe for 37 years, Mugabe resigned on Tuesday (November 21), standing down hours after his foes and former party allies united against him in impeachment proceedings. And one week since the military action that put him under house arrest. The news was greeted by celebration. People danced and sang in the streets of the capital Harare well into the night. There's hope Mnangagwa can halt Zimbabwe's economic decline, deliver clean elections next year, and woo back bilateral support from Western states. But many in Zimbabwe are hostile towards a man who, like Mugabe, stands accused of participating in repression. He was the head of state security during a 1980s crackdown that killed 20,000 people. Mnangagwa issued a statement from hiding on Tuesday calling on Zimbabweans to unite to rebuild the country. Now the Mugabe era is over, there's hope that might really happen.

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Zimbabwe's next president to be sworn in on Friday

Wednesday, November 22, 2017 - 01:33