July 31, 2018

#ZimbabweDecides2018: What's next for post-Mugabe Zimbabwe?

Millions turn out to vote in historic, close-run elections.

Zimbabweans voted on Monday in the country's first election since former president Robert Mugabe was forced from power after almost 40 years.

Without Mugabe's name on the ballot, voters had to choose from a field of 23 candidates, with incumbent President Emmerson Mnangagwa, 75, facing a tough challenge from Nelson Chamisa, the 40-year-old leader of the opposition Movement for Democratic Change. Mnangagwa, of the Zimbabwe African National Union-Patriotic Front, has been president since the military toppled Mugabe in a bloodless coup.

Chamisa - a lawyer and pastor known for his charisma - has called the election a choice between Zimbabwe’s past and future, while former intelligence chief Mnangagwa has pledged to deliver jobs and embark on economic reforms.

On this episode of The Stream, we speak with:

Linda K. Sibanyoni @LindaKSibs
Independent Candidate Running for Parliament, Harare East Constituency 

Duduzile Nyirongo @dudumo
Independent Candidate for Local Council, Harare Ward 7

Tafi Mhaka @tafimhaka
Social Commentator

John Dramani Mahama @JDMahama
Chair of the Commonwealth Observer Delegation to Zimbabwean Elections

Read more: 

Zimbabwe elections: Voters cast ballots in landmark polls - Al Jazeera English 
Vote counting under way in historic Zimbabwe elections - Al Jazeera English 

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