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Zimbabwe to held a general election on July 30

By on May 30, 2018

Zimbabwe set its first election of the post-Robert Mugabe era for July 30, President Emmerson Mnangagwa saidon Wednesday. He also set June 14 as the date for the sitting of the nomination court for prospective candidates to register.
Mnangagwa, 75, who came to power with assistance from the army after Mugabe’s resignation, will stand as Zanu-PF’s presidential candidate.
In the notice, Mnangagwa said he had fixed “Monday, the 30th day of July, 2018, as the day of the election to the office of President, the election of members of the National Assembly and election of councilors.”
Mnangagwa, who took power after the November military coup against Mugabe, counts on the election to bolster his legitimacy as he pursues a promised break with Mugabe’s repressive policies while urging foreign investors to return to Zimbabwe. The president has promised to deliver free, fair and credible elections and his government has since invited 46 countries from across the world to observe the general elections.
The observer countries include some from the West that had not observed Zimbabwe’s elections since 2002 when relations with Harare soured.
His main opponent, Nelson Chamisa, 40, heads the Movement for Democratic Change party following the death of former MDC leader Morgan Tsvangirai in February.
The Constitutional Court ruled on Wednesday against allowing Zimbabweans living abroad to have the right to vote for the first time, as opposition leaders had demanded.
Sixty percent of the 5.4 million voters on the new register are under 50 years old, according to official data.
An estimated three million Zimbabweans, about a fifth of the total population, live outside the country. Many escaped an economy that’s halved in size since 2000 while others sought exile following human rights violations during the Mugabe era, according to the United Nations.
The elections will be the first without former President Robert Mugabe and his fierce opponent for 20 years, Morgan Tsvangirai who died in February this year from cancer.
Mugabe resigned in November last year after a military intervention, ending his 37-year stay in power.

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