Zimbabwe

New cabinet 'a challenge for Mugabe'

2013-09-02 12:04
Zimbabwean President elect, Robert Mugabe at the country's Commemoration of Heroes day in Harare. (Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi, AP)

Zimbabwean President elect, Robert Mugabe at the country's Commemoration of Heroes day in Harare. (Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi, AP)

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Cape Town – Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe is set to name his cabinet this week, a month after he and his Zanu-PF party were swept back to power in a landslide victory, a report says.

According to newzimbabwe.com, analysts say the cabinet could be Mugabe's last as they speculate that he might stand down and let a younger leader from within his party finish his new five-year term.

Mugabe announced last week through a government gazette that the newly-elected members of parliament would be sworn in on 3 September, with the first sitting scheduled for 17 September.

The new cabinet presents Mugabe with a major challenge as he tries to strike a balance between young and old.

The veteran leader is however, expected to retain the nucleus of his loyal inner circle including.

Since 2009, Zimbabwe has been under a coalition government which saw three parties – Zanu-PF, MDC-T and MDC – all contributing cabinet ministers.

Read more on:    mdc  |  zanu-pf  |  robert mugabe  |  zimbabwe  |  zimbabwe elections 2013  |  southern africa

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