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First ballot, Zimbabwe after the departure of Mugabe

HARARE – Zimbabweans go Monday to the polls for the first parliamentary and presidential elections since the departure of president Robert Mugabe. Voters can vote on the 23 presidential candidates, but only sitting president Emmerson Mnangagwa (75) and the forty-year oppositiekandidaat Nelson Chamisa to be seen as serious contenders.

The winner of the elections, wait for the heavy task of the economy to revive. That is, under Mugabe (photo) virtually completely collapsed.

Polls predict a neck-to-nekrace between Mnangagwa (the ZIMBABWEAN-PF) and MDC, ” there Chamisa, the youngest presidential candidate in the history of the country. Mnangagwa, a long-time ally of Mugabe, has fair elections promised. He invited foreign observers to monitor this. The opposition is skeptical and has already questioned the independence of the election commission.

If none of the presidential candidates an absolute majority of the votes, will follow in september a second election.

The winner of the elections, wait for the heavy task of the economy to revive. That is, under Mugabe almost completely collapsed, as a result of controversial land reforms. Country in the hands of white farmers was confiscated and came into the hands of the black population. Thus collapsed the agricultural sector, one of the main pillars of the economy.

The now 94-year-old Mugabe was nearly 40 years in power in the African country. He stepped in last year after the army is actually a coup had been committed. Mnangagwa, nicknamed “the crocodile”, presented itself after the departure of Mugabe suddenly as a reformer. He wants foreign investment to harvest.

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