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Mnangagwa gets thumbs up and Zimbabwe's leadership transition begins.

Vice-President Emmerson Mnangagwa is reportedly assuming some of the duties of the head of state, it looks as though the transition of power from President Robert Mugabe could at last be under way. Mnangagwa has decisively supplanted former Vice-President Joice Mujuru as heir apparent, but it came at a cost of giving Mugabe almost full power over the Zanu-PF party machine. This power could be turned just as easily on the new heir apparent, should he step out of line.

Meanwhile in Mozambique a new broom sweeps clean.

President Filipe Nyusi is expected to bring many new and younger faces to the cabinet now that the dust has settled on the controversial general elections. His first steps have been to try to unify the governing Frente de Libertação de Moçambique (Frelimo). He still has some influential opponents in the partybut even Luísa Dias Diogo, his biggest rival for the presidential nomination and a former prime minister, has pledged her backing, as has ex-President Joaquim Chissano.

There are early signs that Nyusi is gaining respect for statesmanlike behaviour and could turn out a stronger leader than many had expected.

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Submitted by : Andreas Stelzer on 2015-03-12 06:47:36
"As the purge gathered momentum, inertia prevailed..." Yip. And as the sun rose to its zenith the morning shower's failure to impress accelerated as well. Eish.


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