Mnangagwa to be sworn in as Zimbabwe's new president

By Maame Aba Afful
Emmerson Mnangagwa

Zimbabwe's former vice-president, Mnangagwa whose dismissal led to the resignation of long-time leader Robert Mugabe, will be sworn in as the new president on Friday, the state broadcaster says.

Emmerson Mnangagwa, who fled to South Africa two weeks ago, would also fly home on Wednesday, it added.

His dismissal led the ruling party and the military to intervene and force an end to Mugabe's 37-year long rule.

The news sparked wild celebrations across the country late into the night.

The state-run Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation (ZBC) confirmed that his swearing-in ceremony had been scheduled for Friday.

Nicknamed the "crocodile" due to his political cunning, Mnangagwa issued a statement from exile calling on Zimbabweans to unite to rebuild the country.

"Together, we will ensure a peaceful transition to the consolidation of our democracy, and bring in a fresh start for all Zimbabweans and foster peace and unity," Mnangagwa told Zimbabwe's Newsday on Tuesday.

 Credit: BBC

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