What Next After Mugabe Resignation?
So, Robert Mugabe shocked Zimbabwe and the world when he resigned as president on Tuesday, ending his 37-year grip on power.
But let no one be deceived.
Mugabe’s resignation has also plunged the nation into deeper uncertainty, raising institutional questions over who will succeed him although the military will likely retain power for now.
The current crisis was triggered by a dispute over who would succeed Mugabe, and in his resignation letter, the 93-year-old president did not mention 'Grace' - his very powerful wife.
An analyst at the Pretoria-based Institute for Security Studies, Derek Matyszak told AFP that the ousted vice president Emmerson Mnangagwa would be sworn in very quickly.
This is more so because the second vice president Mphoko Phelekezela is not in the country. The cabinet is then expected to meet to appoint a vice president.
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Whoever takes over will only be there for "an interim period" he said, noting that Mugabe's ZANU-PF had already chosen Mnangagwa as their replacement leader to stand in elections slated for 2018.
"The acting president is only supposed to be there for an interim period, while they wait for (the ruling) ZANU-PF to nominate a replacement for Mugabe -- but they have already nominated Mnangagwa as their choice for elections in 2018."
What Of The Opposition?
The Movement for Democratic Change, MDC led by Morgan Tsvangari has been a thorn in the flesh of ruling Zanu-PF party for ages.
This maybe their time to explore the possibility of ruling the country through a fair democratic process when election holds next year.
"What the opposition should be doing is to use this moment to try and mobilise and lobby for the introduction of a more democratic dispensation," said Matyszak.
In his first remarks since the military takeover, Mnangagwa had on Tuesday appeared to make overtures to the opposition, he said.
In the meantime, the world continues to watch as events in Zimbabwe unfold.
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