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    Zimbabwe ruling party endorses Mnangagwa's candidature for 2023 poll

    APA-Esigodini (Zimbabwe)

    Zimbabwe's ruling ZANU PF has endorsed President Emmerson Mnangagwa as its "sole" candidate for presidential elections set for 2023 in a move that political observers see as a pointer to simmering succession tensions within the fractured party.

    ZANU PF resolved during its 17th annual national conference which ended in Esigodini on Saturday night that Mnangagwa would not be challenged by anyone in his bid to retain the presidency of the country in five years' time.

    “All wings reaffirm that the President and First Secretary of the party, Cde (Comrade) Mnangagwa, be the sole candidate for the 2023 harmonised elections," the party said in resolutions read by Speaker of the National Assembly, Jacob Mudenda.

    He said all party structures should "start preparations for the 2023 harmonised elections immediately” in order to garner support for Mnangagwa.

    The endorsement of Mnangagwa as ZANU PF's presidential candidate with more than four years to go before the next elections comes at a time when the ruling party has recently been rocked by speculation about alleged tension between the president and one of his deputies, Constantino Chiwenga.

    The media has since the last elections held in July reported that Mnangagwa and Chiwenga are at loggerheads, with the latter said to be eyeing the presidency.

    According to the reports, Chiwenga allegedly wanted Mnangagwa to serve for just one term and hand over the leadership of ZANU PF and the country to him before 2023.

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