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Zimbabwean First Lady increasingly likely to be appointed presidential successor after vice-president’s dismissal, increasing contract risks

07 November 2017


Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe on 6 November dismissed Vice-President Emmerson Mnangagwa following a succession battle row between Mnangagwa and First Lady Grace Mugabe.

Mnangagwa’s removal happened following events at a political rally over 4–5 November in which Grace Mugabe once more publicly accused Mnangagwa of dividing the ruling Zimbabwe African National Union – Patriotic Front (ZANU–PF) party by attempting to overthrow the president with the support of the army. In response, President Mugabe is reported by local media to have said, “If I made a mistake by appointing Mnangagwa, tell me … I will remove him.”

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