Former vice president of Zimbabwe, Emmerson Mnangagwa according to reports will be the replacement of Robert Mugabe as president of the country.
A report carried out by Premiumtimes and other local Zimbabwean media suggest that Mnangagwa will be sworn in Wednesday.
The 93-year-old Mugabe announced his resignation as Zimbabwean president on Tuesday after being placed under house arrest for 13 days by the country’s military.
Reports suggest that Mugabe initially resisted to step down but was forced by the military to give up the seat after growing unpopular among citizens.
His resignation sent scores of Zimbabweans into wild jubilations, with the ruling Zanu PF party immediately disclosing that Mnangagwa would be installed as new president.
Mugabe ruled Zimbabwe for 37 years having risen to power in 1980. The 93-year-old and Mnangagwa were very close friends, with the latter rising to become vice president in 2011.
However, their relationship quickly turned sour after Mugabe reportedly tried to install his wife – Grace Mugabe – as his successor.
Met with opposition, Mugabe sacked Mnangagwe, leading to protests from his own party members. The rebellion is reportedly what led to the military forcing him to resign.
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