Mnangagwa on his way to Zimbabwe, to be sworn in on Friday
Zimbabwe’s former vice president, Emmerson Mnangagwa returns to Zimbabwe today to take power after Robert Mugabe’s resignation brought a sudden end to 37 years of authoritarian rule.
Mnangagwa will be sworn in as successor to Robert Mugabe at a ceremony on Friday, according to state media. The former vice-president, who had been out of the country after he was sacked from both party and government, will replace Mugabe.
Mugabe’s reign 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.
Mnangagwa, 75, was sacked by the president on November 6 in a move that pushed army chiefs to intervene, triggering a series of events which led to Mugabe’s ouster.