Zimbabwe Holds First Post-Mugabe Election; Opposition Claims Voter Suppression

Monday marks the first presidential election in Zimbabwe since longtime dictator Robert Mugabe was ousted in a surprisingly soft November 2017 coup. The primary challenger to incumbent interim President Emmerson Mnangagwa, Nelson Chamisa of the Movement for Democrat Change (MDC), claims his party’s voters are being suppressed and Mnangagwa can only win if the election is rigged.

People queue early morning on July 30, 2018 at a polling station in the Harare suburb of Chitungwiza during Zimbabwe's 2018 general elections to elect the president and members of Parliament. (Photo by ALEX MCBRIDE / AFP) (Photo credit should read ALEX MCBRIDE/AFP/Getty Images)

Suspects Arrested in Grenade Attack on Zimbabwean President Mnangagwa

Zimbabwean police on Wednesday announced the arrest of two suspects in connection with the June 23 grenade attack on an election rally held by the ruling Zanu-PF party. The bombing has been described as an attempt to assassinate interim President Emmerson Mnangagwa, who is running for a full term in the July 30 election.

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Hundreds of Locals Invade Grace Mugabe’s Zimbabwe Estate to Dig for Gold

Grace Mugabe, the 52-year-old wife of 94-year-old deposed dictator Robert Mugabe of Zimbabwe, reported on Thursday that a swarm of some illegal miners overran her estate north of Harare to dig for gold and vandalize her property. She claimed the mob verbally abused her when she confronted them and demanded they leave. On Sunday, the Zimbabwean government accused Mugabe of fabricating the incident and said she was actually involved in a legal dispute with several mining syndicates.

Mugabe's wife Grace under probe for ivory smuggling

Mugabe Calls His Ouster an Illegal Coup, Says Successor Mnangagwa Is a ‘Disgrace’

94-year-old dictator Robert Mugabe returned to the spotlight on Thursday, four months after he was removed from the office he held for four decades. Despite an extravagant exit package that guaranteed Mugabe a lifetime of luxury in exchange for his graceful departure, he bitterly criticized the “coup” that swept him from power, denounced his successor Emmerson Mnangagwa as a “disgrace,” and suggested his ouster should be reversed.

Ex-Zimbabwe leader Mugabe calls ouster 'coup d'etat'

Mnangagwa Makes First Foreign Trip as President of Zimbabwe

Emmerson Mnangagwa, who became the new and theoretically temporary president of Zimbabwe after the military cordially invited his nonagenarian mentor Robert Mugabe to consider retirement, made his first foreign trip in office on Thursday. He visited South Africa to convince investors that Zimbabwe is once again a safe place to put their money.

President Emmerson Mnangagwa received a statue of a crocodile -- his nickname -- after planting a tree at the party conference

Zimbabwe Declares National Holiday for Ousted Dictator Robert Mugabe

Zimbabweans were literally dancing in the streets last week when dictator Robert Mugabe’s four decades of tyranny came to an ignominious end, but on Friday the government declared a national holiday in Mugabe’s honor. February 21st will henceforth be known as Robert Gabriel Mugabe National Youth Day.

Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe, the former political prisoner turned guerrilla leader, swept to power in 1980