Political Unrest
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New Zimbabwean president maintains political status quo

by Onize Ohikere
Posted 12/01/17, 10:35 am

Zimbabwe’s new president, Emmerson Mnangagwa, has appointed a new Cabinet filled with ruling party members and military officials but no opposition politicians. The 22-member Cabinet includes Maj. Gen. Sibusiso Moyo as foreign minister and Chris Mutsvangwa, leader of Zimbabwe’s war veterans, as information minister. Moyo on Nov. 15 announced the military takeover that led 93-year-old Robert Mugabe to step down as president. Opposition officials and activists condemned the new appointments.

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Emmerson Mnangagwa sworn in as Zimbabwe’s president

by Onize Ohikere
Posted 11/24/17, 08:46 am

Emmerson Mnangagwa, Zimbabwe’s former vice president, assumed his role as the country’s new president on Friday after Robert Mugabe resigned amid mounting pressure earlier this week. Mnangagwa is Zimbabwe’s second president since the country’s independence in 1980.

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Robert Mugabe resigns after 37 years in power

by Onize Ohikere
Posted 11/21/17, 11:50 am

Robert Mugabe has resigned as the president of Zimbabwe, halting an impeachment process that began earlier Tuesday. National Assembly Speaker Jacob Mudenda stopped the impeachment proceedings after Parliament received a letter from Mugabe that announced his resignation “with immediate effect.” In the letter, Mugabe called his resignation voluntary and said he made the move to ensure a “smooth transfer of power.” The Parliament erupted in cheers following the announcement, while thousands of Zimbabweans took to the streets of Harare, the capital, to celebrate.

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