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Violence in Zimbabwe as Presidential Election Results Delayed

The air of cautious optimism surrounding Zimbabwe’s first presidential election since the fall of dictator Robert Mugabe was shattered with violence on Wednesday as allegations of vote rigging flew, property was vandalized, riot police and military forces were deployed, and gunshots rang out in the streets of the capital.

The Associated Press

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)

Zimbabwe: Opposition Candidate Alleges Russian Interference in Election

As Zimbabwe prepares for its first Mugabe-free election in four decades at the end of July, opposition candidate Nelson Chamisa and his Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) party are already alleging election fraud by incumbent interim president Emmerson Mnangagwa and the ruling Zanu-PF party.

Zimbabwe opposition chief eyes 'Obama effect' in historic poll

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.

The Associated Press

Zimbabwe: Prison Guard Charged with ‘Disloyal’ Tweeting

A human rights group in Zimbabwe sounded the alarm this week on the case of 36-year-old prison guard John Mahlabera, facing a disciplinary hearing for allegedly expressing “disloyalty” to President Emmerson Mnangagwa in a tweet.

The Associated Press

Zimbabwe Sets July 30 for First Election After the Fall of Robert Mugabe

Zimbabwe’s interim President Emmerson “the Crocodile” Mnangagwa announced on Wednesday that elections will be held on Monday, July 30 for both the presidency and legislature. It will be the first time in four decades an election has been held without dictator Robert Mugabe on the ballot.

Zimbabwe to elect post-Mugabe president on July 30

Mnangagwa Pledges to Bring Xi Jinping’s Communist Ideas to Zimbabwe

Zimbabwean President Emmerson Mnangagwa traveled to Beijing this week for a meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping. Mnangagwa thanked Xi for his support, promised to strengthen Zimbabwe’s ties with China, and pledged to implement ‘Xi Jinping Thought’ in Zimbabwe as quickly as possible.

President Xi hails Mugabe's successor as 'old friend of China'

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'

Zimbabwe to Offer White Farmers 99-Year Land Leases

In a hopeful sign for post-Mugabe Zimbabwe, his successor President Emmerson Mnangagwa has decided to stop seizing land from white farmers, offering them 99-year leases on their property instead.

Zimbabwe's new interim President Emmerson Mnangagwa says huge sums of money and other assets have been taken out of the country

Martel: The Value of Calling a Shithole a ‘Shithole’

In a news cycle full of poverty, war, political intrigue, and all the usual torment, America’s media have wasted valuable time this week debating the value of President Donald Trump’s use of a bad word.

Chinese tourists take photos of North Korea from the Broken Bridge at the Chinese border city of Dandong in China's northeast Liaoning province, opposite the North Korean town of Sinuiju on September 4, 2017. China said on September 4 it had lodged an official protest with its ally North Korea …