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Polls open in Zimbabwe's first election since Mugabe's removal

  • Published at 11:41 am July 30th, 2018
Voters standing in line to cast their votes at theZimbabwe election
Zimbabwean voters queue to cast their ballots in the country's general elections in Harare, Zimbabwe, July 30, 2018 Reuters

The election will see 75-year-old President Emmerson Mnangagwa face 40-year-old Nelson Chamisa, a lawyer and pastor who is vying to become Zimbabwe’s youngest head of state

Polls opened on Monday in Zimbabwe’s first election since the removal of former president Robert Mugabe – a watershed vote Zimbabweans hope will rid the country of its global pariah status and spark a recovery in its failed economy.

The election will see 75-year-old President Emmerson Mnangagwa – a long-time Mugabe ally – face 40-year-old Nelson Chamisa, a lawyer and pastor who is vying to become Zimbabwe’s youngest head of state.

Voting began at 7am (1100 BdST) and will end at 7pm.