Mnangagwa returns home, to be next president of Zimbabwe
- Zimbabwe's incoming leader Emmerson Mnangagwa emerged from
hiding, departing from neighboring South Africa to return home in preparation
to take power after Robert Mugabe's stunning resignation.
- The 75-year-old Mnangagwa fled Zimbabwe after Mugabe fired
him earlier this month.
- Mnangagwa met with South African President Jacob Zuma in a
jovial "courtesy call" before taking a private jet from Johannesburg
to Zimbabwe's capital, Harare.
- He will be sworn in as Zimbabwe's new president.
- The ruling ZANU-PF party notified him of its nomination of
Mnangagwa to replace Mugabe until the end of the current term next year.
- Zimbabweans were still reeling from Mugabe's resignation.
- After the end of white minority rule in 1980, Zembawe was overtaken by economic collapse, government
dysfunction and human rights violations.
- Mnangagwa was Mugabe's long time deputy who was pushed aside
as unpopular first lady Grace Mugabe positioned herself to replace him and
succeed her husband.
- Mnangagwa fled the country, claiming threats against his
- It was not clear what the 93-year-old Robert Mugabe and his
wife would do next.
- Mugabe was the
world's oldest head of state.
- Zimbabweans woke up to the first day in 37 years without
Mugabe in power.
- Mnangagwa is a former justice and defense minister who
served for decades as Mugabe's enforcer, a role that earned him the nickname
- Many opposition supporters believe he was instrumental in
the army killings of thousands of people when Mugabe moved against a political
rival in the 1980s.