Zimbabwe's 'Crocodile' president promises free and fair elections


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Zimbabwean President Emmerson Mnangagwa promised democratic elections in the country within “four to five months,” saying “we have to preach peace, peace and peace.” (The Guardian)

However, Mnangagwa is known as “The Crocodile” – initially for the guerrilla group he founded and later his political shrewdness. He has been accused of human rights abuses and of leading a violent campaign against the main political opposition, the Movement for Democratic Change.

Mnangagwa now hopes to change Zimbabwe’s image and said that he will ensure “free, credible, fair, and indisputable elections.” The president has also said that he wants the country to rejoin the Commonwealth, 16 years after it was suspended following a 2002 election for “conditions did not adequately allow for a free expression of will by the electors” and for “a high level of politically motivated violence.”

Mnangagwa became president in November after Robert Mugabe, who ruled Zimbabwe for 37 years, resigned during an impeachment process. (See WikiTribune‘s earlier coverage of the transfer of power from Mugabe to Mnangagwa.)

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