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    Presidential & Parliamentary Elections in Zimbabwe to hold on July 30

    Presidential and parliamentary elections in Zimbabwe will hold on July 30, President Emmerson Mnangagwa said on Wednesday, Reuters report.

    President Mnangagwa promised votes will be free and fair with international monitoring in an election that will occur after the ouster of 94-year-old strongman Robert Mugabe.

    Mnangagwa took power after the November military coup against Mugabe, however, will count 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.

    To be missed in the July ballot for the first time in 20 years will be Zimbabwe's foremost political gladiators, Mugabe and Morgan Tsvangirai, the longtime opposition Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) leader who died of cancer in February.

    The Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) has said some companies in southern Africa were picked to print ballot papers and supply voting ink and the $198 million budget to hold the elections was provided by ZEC's partners, which included UN agencies, ZEC chairwoman Priscilla Chigumba told reporters.

    Another interesting move from Mnangagwa was to invite the Commonwealth to monitor voting in Zimbabwe for the first time since 2002.. He also has applied for Zimbabwe to rejoin the Commonwealth.

    If the election is approved by international monitors, it could be a key step to unlocking foreign lending to Zimbabwe, which has been largely cut off for two decades, Reuters noted.
    Last edited by Nenye; 05-31-2018, 03:22 PM.

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    change...... let their words be true free

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