18 December 2016
Zimbabwe’s ruling Party, Zanu-PF has confirmed that President Robert Mugabe will stand in as the party’s candidate in the next national election scheduled for 2018.
The endorsement was made at the annual conference of the ruling ZANU-PF in the south-east town of Masvingo, where the party’s youth wing even proposed that Mr. Mugabe should rule for life with broad powers.
Accepting the nomination, Mr. Mugabe called for an end to party infighting.
“We agreed that conflicts should end. Infighting should end. The party ideology should be followed,” he said.
“Let us be one. We are one family, the family of Zanu-PF bound together by the fact of understanding between its members.”
This endorsement and his acceptance may have put to end to the insinuation that First Lady, Grace Mugabe has been given the nod by President Mugabe to stand in for him in 2018.
Mugabe, 92, has been in power since the southern African nation’s independence from white minority rule in 1980.
Mugabe, won the last National election in 2013 that was marred by allegations of voting irregularities.
The 2018 election will dominated by issues relating to High unemployment and deteriorating economy. The opposition has several times suggested that both Mugabe and his loyalists are ‘out of touch’
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