Zimbabwe’s President Emmerson Mnangagwa has announced that the country will hold elections in five months, the first poll in the southern African state since independence that does not involve former President Robert Mugabe.
Mnangagwa said that he had no doubt that the vote would go ahead peacefully, according to the state daily, The Herald.
“We will ensure that Zimbabwe delivers free, credible, fair and indisputable elections to ensure Zimbabwe engages the world as a qualified democratic state,” he said.
Mugabe, who was one of the longest-serving leaders in the world, was forced out of office late November by the army.
Both Mugabe and Mnangagwa belonged to the Zanu-PF party and fought together in Zimbabwe’s war of independence.