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Heather Kerrigan

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Zimbabwe’s President Remarks on Historic Election : August 2, 3, and 27, 2018
Zimbabwe’s President Remarks on Historic Election
Heather Kerrigan

In November 2017, Robert Mugabe, the longtime leader of Zimbabwe, stepped down from his position after a bloodless takeover by the country’s military. Mugabe was replaced by his former vice president, Emmerson Mnangagwa, who served as interim president until elections could be held in the summer of 2018. Mnangagwa went on to narrowly defeat his opponents in that election, the first held since Zimbabwe declared independence in which Mugabe was not a candidate. According to international election observers, the 2018 vote was marred by irregularities and voter intimidation. Mnangagwa’s primary opponent challenged the results, but the country’s Constitutional Court refused to ...

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