Zimbabwe's former leader Mugabe votes, slowly

2018-07-30 13:48
Robert Mugabe. (Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi, AP)

Robert Mugabe. (Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi, AP)

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Zimbabwe's former leader Robert Mugabe has voted in the country's first election without his name on the ballot.

Struggling to walk, the 94-year-old Mugabe raised his fist for chanting supporters. Then he slowly made his way into the polling centre and had his finger inked, and was assisted by his wife into the booth.

Mugabe, who stepped down in November under military pressure, emerged after months of silence on Sunday to declare that he would not be voting for the ruling party he long controlled.

He indicated that 40-year-old opposition leader Nelson Chamisa is the only viable candidate.

Voting so far in the southern African nation has been peaceful, with a high turnout, after years of elections marred by allegations of rigging and violence. 

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