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EMMERSON Mnangagwa was named Acting President Sunday as President Robert Mugabe left the country for the Far East for his annual holiday.

Mugabe has regularly holidayed in the region since he was banned from Western capitals over allegations of gross human rights abuses and electoral fraud.

The 90-year-old leader also regularly travels to Singapore for what officials describe as routine health checks, rejecting media speculation that he has, for long, been battling cancer.

Now seen as Mugabe’s likely successor, Mnangagwa was sworn into office as first vice president last Friday along with Phelekezela Mphoko as second VP.

The appointments followed the dismissal of former vice president Joice Mujuru for allegedly conspiring with a number of cabinet ministers to “illegally” remove Mugabe from power.

According to state media, Mugabe left the country on Sunday and is expected to be away until mid-January.

Source : New Zimbabwe

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