Harare (AFP) – Zimbabwe announced Wednesday it will elect a new president and a new parliament on July 30, after former autocratic leader Robert Mugabe was deposed
His successor, President Emmerson Mnangagwa, reveals the date in the official Zimbabwe Government Gazette.
"Monday, July 30, 2018 (is) the day of election in the office of President, the election of members of the National Assembly and election of councilors," Mnangagwa said in a proclamation.
Once a right-hand man for 94-year-old Mugabe, Mnangagwa dramatically followed the veteran leader in November after nearly four decades as troops swarmed the streets and briefly grabbed the key
Mnangagwa, 75, will turn against the main opposition party. " Movement for Democratic Change (MDC), led today by 40-year-old Nelson Chamisa after the death of Morgan Tsvangirai in February.
If no candidate receives a simple majority in the first round of the presidential election, a ballot will take place on September 8.
Mugabe elections were clouded by corruption, intimidation and violence, but Mnangagwa has vowed to hold a free and fair vote
The elections will be the first to be observed by Western observers for many years.
Harare and the European Union announced Monday that observers from the bloc would observe for the first time 16 polls in the South African country
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The head of the latest EU observer mission, Pierre Schori, was arrested Thrown on Zimbabwe's presidential elections in 2002 on the eve of
Zimbabwe forbade the EU and other Western observers from sending more missions to monitor the polls in the country, as Mugabe became more and more defiant by foreign criticism until his fall.
And another sign of Zimbabwe Following Mugabe's resignation, the country has sought to re-enter the Commonwealth, the block of former British colonies said Monday.
Harare's membership was reduced in 2003 because of violent and rigged elections
Zimbabwe left the Commonwealth at the height of violent land grabbing when white farmers were expelled in favor of landless black people – a policy that ruined agriculture and caused economic collapse ,
Commonwealth Secretary-General Patricia Scotland confirmed that the organization would also send observers to the elections.
Mugabe sent shockwaves through ruling ZANU-PF, which he dominated for decades when he recently appeared with a retired general who will take over the government in this year's election
Despite a series of reformist pledges and announcements, it is unclear whether Mnangagwa, who played an important role in the ZANU-PF party and helped Mugabe stay in power for 37 years, has gained the support of ordinary Zimbabweans.