Army general who led coup against Mugabe sworn in as vice president

Zimbabwean army chief Constantino Chinwenga. [Photo credit: PressTV]

Retired army chief Constantino Chiwenga, who led a de facto coup in November that ended Robert Mugabe’s 37-year rule, was installed as Zimbabwe’s vice president in Harare on Thursday.

Mr. Chiwenga, whose appearance on state television on Nov. 15 preceded armed soldiers taking to the streets, paving the way for Emmerson Mnangagwa to become president, is the latest in a string of military leaders to be elevated to government positions.

Mr. Mnangagwa has appointed several senior military officers to his cabinet and the ruling party’s top decision-making body, the Politburo.

However, he is under pressure from opposition parties and the public to implement political reforms. (Reuters/NAN)


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  • Abdullah Musa

    Effectively, Zimbabwe is under military rule.
    Not only that, it intends to be a one party state.
    And those whose fathers were not in the armed struggle will regret being liberated from the whites.

  • Factsayer

    Another military one chance. Sorry Zimbabwe

  • Kay Soyemi (Esq.)

    The succession pipeline is intact.

    These two, alongside Mugabe, represents the triumvirate that led the guerrila warfare against the old apartheid regime in Rhodesia.

    The King is dead, long live the King.