Zimbabwe President Emmerson Mnangagwa and opposition leader Nelson Chamisa will run in the first presidential election after the resignation of Robert Mugabe who was forced to resign in November 2017 following a coup of the Army.
Emmerson Mnangagwa, 75, heads Zimbabwe’s African National Union-Patriotic Front (ZANU-PF) party and came to power with the support of the military in November 2017.
Nelson Chamisa, leader of the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC-T) is the main opponent of Mnangagwa.
The 40-year-old politician succeeded Morgan Tsvangirai, who died in February from a prolonged illness.
In this presidential election, Ambrose Mutinhiri of the National Patriotic Front, Thokozani Khupe, Zimbabwe deputy prime minister from February 2009 to August 2013, and leader of the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC-T) party, Noah Manyika (ZAPU), Elton Mangoma of the Coalition of Democrats (CODE), Joice Mujuru of the People’s Rainbow Coalition party, and Nkosana Moyo of the Alliance for the People’s Agenda.
The President is elected by an absolute majority of votes through a two-round system to serve a term of five years.
According to the African news media, the second presidential run-off will take place on September 8th if no candidate gets more than 50% of votes in the first round.
In the last presidential election in 2013, Robert Mugabe was re-elected on the very first round with 61% of the votes.
The Office United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights called on Tuesday for the elections in Zimbabwe to be held in a peaceful environment respecting human rights and the rule of law.