Zimbabwe’s President Emmerson Mnangagwa announced last week that the country’s presidential and parliamentary elections would be on July 30, 2018 (BBC). This will be the first election since the military forced President Robert Mugabe out of office in a coup last November (CNN). Mnangagwa’s strongest challenger is 40-year-old Nelson Chamisa of the Movement for Democratic Change party (Africanews). They represent a greater political struggle between the “old guard” and a younger generation (Reuters 1).
Following the announcement, Mnangagwa tweeted, “I am delighted to proclaim July 30 as the date for the 2018 harmonized elections. These elections will be free, fair and transparent, and the voice of the people will be heard. I call on all candidates to campaign peacefully and focus on the issues that really matter” (Twitter).
The European Union (EU) will oversee elections (CNBC). According to Mnangagwa in a recent speech, many foreign investors are interested in Zimbabwe, and are waiting until after the elections to pursue business interests (Reuters 2). He insisted that his party would remain in power.
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