Zim minister sues over succession

2012-11-21 22:14
Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe. (File, AP)

Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe. (File, AP)

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Harare - Zimbabwe state media says the defence minister is suing an independent newspaper for alleging that he wants to succeed President Robert Mugabe.

The state-run Herald said on Wednesday Defence Minister Emmerson Mnangagwa has filed a $1m lawsuit against Zimbabwe Independent, a weekly newspaper, for defamation over an article it published in May which quoted him saying he is "ready to rule" Zimbabwe if given the opportunity.

Mnangagwa, a Zanu-PF politician, alleges the article inferred that he is a leader of a faction involved in "power struggles" with other party officials to succeed Mugabe.

The 88-year-old Mugabe has ruled Zimbabwe since independence from Britain in 1980.

Mnangagwa is touted as a strong leader of a faction poised to take over from him.

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