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Robert Mugabe, former Zimbabwe president, dies aged 95

Final years in power were characterised by financial collapse, surges of violent intimidation and a vicious internal power struggle Jason Burke and David Smith Robert Mugabe, a hero of Africa’s independence struggle whose long rule in Zimbabwe descended into tyranny, corruption and incompetence, has died at the age of 95, president

Zimbabwe elections: Emerson Mnangagwa declared winner

Incumbent Emmerson Mnangagwa has won Zimbabwe's presidential election, according to official results, in a poll marred by deadly violence and opposition allegations of vote rigging. Mnangagwa, of the ruling ZANU-PF party, won 50.8 percent of the votes cast, with his closest rival Nelson Chamisa, of the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) alliance,

Zimbabwe elections: death toll rises in post election violence

Electoral commission pressured to release results The number of people killed in Zimbabwe's post-election violence has risen to six, according to the police. The situation in the capital, Harare, remained tense on Thursday, as police raised the death toll in clashes between security forces and opposition supporters from three to six. The electoral

ZANU-PF arty coasts to victory in Zimbabwe polls

Zimbabwe's ruling ZANU-PF party has won the parliamentary election with 109 seats, gaining a clear majority, according to the Electoral Commission. Al-Jazeera reports that the opposition Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) party managed to win only 41 seats with results for 58 seats still to be announced, the election body said on Wednesday. The

Zimbabwe election: peaceful polls, high voter turnout recorded

Godsgift Onyedinefu   Zimbabwe's first general election since long-term President Robert Mugabe was removed from office last year, recorded a high voter turnout. According to the election commission, more than five million people registered to take part in the closely-contested elections. Vote counting has started, the election commission is expected to release a figure later in the

Zimbabwe’s New Leader Stirs Fears That He Resembles the Old One

By Norimitsu Onishi and Jeffrey Moyo HARARE, Zimbabwe — When Robert Mugabe stepped down as president this week, Mevion Gambiza, 28, quickly joined the throng of people celebrating the sudden end of his 37-year rule. Mr. Gambiza jumped on the roof of a taxi and rode around as the driver honked through the streets of the

The dark art of the coup

It was the most remarkably eventful week in Zimbabwean politics since independence in 1980. It started with the military seizing control on Tuesday night, 14 November, and ended on Tuesday night, 21 November, with Robert Mugabe resigning after 37 years as president. And yet it unfolded almost in slow motion. The

Mugabe’s Exit: What Impacts on Africa?

By Emmanuel Onwubiko The forced resignation from the high office of the President of Zimbabwe of the 93-year old Mr. Robert Mugabe on November 21st 2017, perhaps made the global headline as the most significant political event out of Africa this year. Although the story was nearly overshadowed by the gruesome picture of

Zimbabwe crisis: How Mugabe lost his iron grip on power

The simmering political crisis in Zimbabwe reached a boiling point early Wednesday as the military took control in Harare, confining 93-year-old leader Robert Mugabe to house arrest. But where that quick escalation will take Zimbabwe remains unclear. Military officials have insisted Wednesday’s events do not constitute a coup. “We wish to

Zimbabwe live updates: Robert Mugabe under house arrest as military seize Harare but deny coup

*President Robert Mugabe under house arrest *Army detains Finance Minister as 'criminals' rounded up *Explosions heard as soldiers take over state broadcaster *British nationals warned to stay indoors Zimbabwe's military says it has seized power to target "criminals" around President Robert Mugabe, who it said is "safe and sound" in custody with his wife. The