Zimbabwe's president says elections to be in May or June

President Emmerson Mnangagwa

In his inauguration speech, President Emmerson Mnangagwa, who replaced Mugabe two months ago, spoke of the need to engage the worldwide community and rebuild the country's economy.

"To achieve that, we need to revisit our own legislation in Zimbabwe to open for business", has been the message he has also preached in his state visits to South Africa, Angola, Namibia and Mozambique.

The emerging activist who came out of prison recently also used the same occasion to launch a campaign dubbed Complete Knock down of the Establishment (CDK) Campaign to deal with the country's political, socio-economic problems.

He said free and fair polls were critical in repositioning Zimbabwe as a democratic state within the worldwide system. He said free and fair polls were critical in repositioning Zimbabwe as a democratic state within the worldwide system.

"I assure the regional leadership that the forthcoming harmonised polls will embrace the tenets of democracy, fair play and standards set by us in the Sadc".

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It was the culmination of a power struggle between Mnangagwa and former first lady Grace Mugabe, who was being groomed by her husband as his potential successor.

"Those are indeed the things that we would try to do to help Zimbabwe forward, but we've got to see how the democratic process unfolds", British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson told Reuters on the sidelines of an African Union-EU summit in Abidjan, days after Mugabe's ouster.

Mnangagwa travels to Davos, Switzerland next week for the World Economic Forum, the first time a Zimbabwean president will attend the meeting.

The President met his Mozambican counterpart, President Filipe Nyusi, at State House for almost three hours, exchanging views on the political situation in the country.

He urged the Diaspora to exercise their Constitutional right by participating in the elections, urging them to take advantage of Biometric Voter Registration. He, however, said Government was logistically incapacitated to facilitate voting outside Zimbabwe although the idea was desirable. The Government is already implementing a raft of reforms meant to rejuvenate business and attract increased foreign direct investment.

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