Mugabe has forgiven the man who threw him out of office.

He said he now accepts President Emmerson Mnangagwa as the country’s legitimate leader.

This is after initially accusing him of leading a “disgraceful” de facto coup that ended his near four-decade rule last year.

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On the eve of the July 30 vote, Mugabe said he would vote for the opposition to remove Mnangagwa’s “military government”, as the 94-year-old leader expressed bitterness and turned against his one-time allie in the ruling ZANU-PF party.

According to a Reuters report, at a funeral wake of his mother-in-law, Mugabe said Mnangagwa’s victory, which is still disputed by his main opponent Nelson Chamisa, made him a legitimate president, quoting a privately-owned NewsDay and state-owned The Herald newspapers’s report on Friday, September 7th.

“The wrong that happened last November has been erased by his victory in the July 30 elections. We now have a government born out of the constitution. I now accept his leadership and he now deserves the support of every Zimbabwean,” Mugabe said, looking frail in video footage on an online television site.

“Before the elections, I did not support him because he came through illegal means which violated our liberation values that politics lead the gun,” added Mugabe, likely ending the feud between the new president and his former mentor.

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