Former vice president, Emmerson Mnangagwa, will be sworn in as the new president of Zimbabwe on Friday after the surprise resignation of long term president, Pa Robert Mugabe.
“The former vice president, who had been out of the country after he was sacked from both party and government, will… replace comrade Robert Mugabe who resigned,” the state-run ZBC news site said on Wednesday.
Mnangagwa was to return to the country Wednesday to take power after Mugabe’s resignation brought a sudden end to 37 years of authoritarian rule.
Ahead of his arrival, state media said he would be sworn in as president at a ceremony on Friday.
Mugabe’s iron grip ended in a shock announcement to parliament where MPs had convened to impeach the 93-year-old who dominated every aspect of Zimbabwean public life for decades.
“Comrade Mnangagwa is coming back today,” senior aide Larry Mavhima, told AFP, saying he was expected to brief the media after landing at a military airport outside Harare.
Mnangagwa, 75, was sacked by the president on November 6 in a move that pushed infuriated army chiefs to intervene, triggering a series of events which led to Mugabe’s ouster.
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