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'The people have spoken,' Zimbabwe's Mnangagwa tells cheering crowd
November 22, 2017 / 6:10 PM / 20 days ago

'The people have spoken,' Zimbabwe's Mnangagwa tells cheering crowd

HARARE (Reuters) - Zimbabwe’s former vice president Emmerson Mnangagwa, who is due to be sworn in to replace Robert Mugabe as president on Friday, told a cheering crowd in Harare on Wednesday that the country was entering a new stage of democracy.

Zimbabwe's former Vice-President Emmerson Mnangagwa, who is due to be sworn in to replace Robert Mugabe as President, addresses supporters in Harare, Zimbabwe, November 22, 2017. REUTERS/Mike Hutchings

“The people have spoken. The voice of the people is the voice of God,” Mnangagwa told thousands of supporters who had gathered outside the ruling ZANU-PF party’s offices.

“Today we are witnessing the beginning of a new and unfolding democracy.”

Mugabe resigned as Zimbabwe’s president on Tuesday, a week after the army and his former political allies moved to end four decades of rule by a man once feted as an independence hero who became feared as a despot.

Reporting by MacDonald Dzirutwe; Writing by Joe Brock; Editing by Catherine Evans

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