Robert Mugabe rejects ruling party in Zimbabwe election

Zimbabwe's former president Robert Mugabe looks on during a press conference at his private residence nicknamed

The former autocrat's decision not to back the party he led to victory in Zimbabwe's independence war and for 37 years as president is the latest twist in an extraordinary election that will determine the former British colony's future for decades.

Robert Mugabe has said he will not vote for his former party Zanu-PF or the current president, Emmerson Mnangagwa, in the country's historic election on Monday.

He was ousted previous year by his colleagues in the Zanu-PF, with the help of the military.

Writing on micro-blogging website Twitter, Mawarire said the nine soldiers who guarded Mugabe's Blue Roof residence in Borrowdale were removed.

More news: Guardiola: so proud of Man City youngsters

Mugabe briefed the media earlier today, where he endorsed the opposition MDC Alliance party and said he will never vote for the Zanu-PF.

Mugabe has backed a new political party that is part of the coalition supporting Chamisa.

He dismissed claims that he wanted to hand over power to his wife, Grace as "utter nonsense".

He said he would rather make a choice among the 22 presidential candidates vying for election‚ but went on to hint that those candidates‚ who had not made an impact in rallies‚ were not worth his vote. "I was regarded as an enemy, but how come that I am treated now as a nonentity, an opponent?" "I tried to do my best", he said, as journalists began to drift away.

More news: Trump & Putin Helsinki Summit with Russian Expert William Taubman | Connecting Point

The election could confirm the country's rehabilitation after years as a pariah under Mr Mugabe and help unlock foreign investment, especially if Western observers, monitoring for the first time since 2002, declare it fair.

"What is left now is only one push on Monday to vote - to vote for Zanu-PF so we have a thunderous victory", President Mnangagwa told his supporters who filled about half of the 60,000-capacity national stadium at his final rally on Saturday.

A presidential run-off vote is scheduled for September 8 if no candidate wins at least 50 percent in the first round.

Chamisa's Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) has already cast doubt on the election process, accusing the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) of bias.

More news: Danica Patrick makes ESPYs history as first woman to host

Related:

  • Donald Trump set for tense trade talks with EU's Jean-Claude Juncker

    Donald Trump set for tense trade talks with EU's Jean-Claude Juncker

    President Trump is scheduled to hold talk in Washington on July 25 with President of the European Commission Jean Claude Juncker . He reiterated his willingness to ratchet up the trade war in a Tweet , stating, "Tariffs are the greatest! ".
    Trump signals consequences for Cohen over secret recording

    Trump signals consequences for Cohen over secret recording

    Trump and Giuliani's strategy is "flawed; just as Trump's false Twitter statement made against Cohen this morning", Davis said. Ms McDougal says she had a 10-month affair with Mr Trump in 2006, a year after he married his current wife Melania.
    Killed, Including 9 Family Members, After Missouri Duck Boat Capsizes During Storm

    Killed, Including 9 Family Members, After Missouri Duck Boat Capsizes During Storm

    The incident in Missouri was part of a storm system that struck much of the Midwest late Thursday, according to meteorologists. A thunderstorm brought winds of 50 to 65 miles per hour to the area shortly before the first 911 call came in at 7:09 p.m.
  • Cubs interested in Cole Hamels

    Cubs interested in Cole Hamels

    He played for the Phillies from 2006 to 2015 and won a World Series, a World Series MVP and an NLCS MVP with them in 2008. For his career, he has a 152-111 record with an impressive 3.43 ERA and 2341 strikeouts.
    Astronomers Find Massive Underground Reservoir of Liquid Water on Mars

    Astronomers Find Massive Underground Reservoir of Liquid Water on Mars

    Researchers are still waiting to see if any more bodies of water are found on the Red planet or if this was a one-off discovery. The location's radar profile resembled that of subglacial lakes found beneath Earth's Antarctic and Greenland ice sheets.
    Justin Bieber Sends Prayers to Demi Lovato After Overdose

    Justin Bieber Sends Prayers to Demi Lovato After Overdose

    The news was met with shock and sadness from friends and fans. "I like the freedom of being able to flirt with whoever I want". Lovato and Gomez have a storied friendship since appearing on " Barney and Friends " together at just 7 years old.
  • Marvel Fans React to Disney and Fox Merger Deal Approval

    Marvel Fans React to Disney and Fox Merger Deal Approval

    Let us know in the comment section before Disney acquires us as well! After Disney upped its offer, Comcast backed down. FOX, Fox News , the Regional Sports Networks of Fox, and other asssets are not included in the $71.3 billion purchase.
    Turkish court rules that USA  pastor move from jail to house arrest

    Turkish court rules that USA pastor move from jail to house arrest

    A court in Izmir, Turkey has ordered Brunson to remain in custody until an October 12 hearing. Pence's announcement was delivered at a conference on religious freedom in Washington.
    Sony Announces World’s First 48 Megapixel Camera For Smartphones

    Sony Announces World’s First 48 Megapixel Camera For Smartphones

    The IMX586's small pixel size allows Sony to cram a lot into a sensor that is small enough to fit into a smartphone chassis. Normally, such a high megapixel count on such a small chip would result in poor nighttime shooting capacities.
  • 10 million people infected with hepatitis

    10 million people infected with hepatitis

    People who are not already infected with hepatitis B can prevent hepatitis D by getting vaccinated against hepatitis B. It causes inflammation of the liver and can cause either acute or chronic infection or inflammation of this organ.
    Trump in unusual criticism of USA  central bank

    Trump in unusual criticism of USA central bank

    The US dollar went down on Friday amid President Donald Trump's criticism about the Federal Reserve's current monetary tightening. The White House in June already threatened to extend punishing USA duties progressively to up to $450 billion in Chinese imports.
    Russian Federation  claims Trump, Putin reached military agreements

    Russian Federation claims Trump, Putin reached military agreements

    Trump added that there is no reason that makes him believe that Russian Federation interfered. "A lot of people out there". With that, Trump declared the contretemps over, insisting, "I think that probably clarifies things pretty good by itself".

Comments

Latest news

Giuliani: 'I want you to hear' Cohen tapes
The statement is believed to be part of special counsel Robert Mueller's examination of whether Trump sought to obstruct justice. CNN reported Thursday Trump's former longtime lawyer and fixer, Michael Cohen , claims Trump knew in advance about the meeting.

Mars making closest approach to Earth in 15 years
The Mars opposition falls just before the longest total lunar eclipse of the century , which will last 1 hour and 43 minutes. On Friday, Mars will be in opposition, which means the sun and the Red Planet will be on the opposite side of Earth.

Facebook Has Temporarily Banned Conspiracy Peddler Alex Jones From Its Platform
A fourth and final video reportedly featured Jones comparing the creators of an animated drag queen show to Satanists. The other video was reported a month ago, but was not taken down at the time, the spokesperson added.

The FBI reportedly seized more than 100 Cohen recordings pertaining to Trump
The government seized at last 12 audio tapes from Cohen, Trump's former longtime lawyer, a court filing on Monday revealed . Cohen makes any indication on the tape that he arranged the payment to Ms.

The longest lunar eclipse of the 21st century is coming on Friday
It looks like a good night for it, with mostly clear skies predicted in southern regions including Puglia, Campania and Calabria. It's when you can see an eclipsed Moon on the western horizon, as well as the rising Sun on the eastern horizon.

Made in China: Trump re-election flags may get burned by his tariffs
Trump has also said he is considering tariffs on imports of automobiles, an action the European Union hopes to head off. The program is expected to start taking effect around Labor Day in the U.S. on September 3.

Israel strike Army positions in central Syria
Hundreds of volunteer rescuers have been evacuated from southwest Syria for resettlement in Britain, Canada and Germany. Disengagement Observer Force (UNDOF) administers a buffer zone between the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights and Syria.

Syria condemns Israeli evacuation of White Helmets as 'criminal operation'
White Helmets head Raed Saleh said the evacuated workers had arrived in Jordan after being "surrounded in a unsafe region". Also Monday, Israel said it fired a pair of missiles to intercept two missiles fired from Syria in Israel's direction.

Tesla Turns To Suppliers To Help It Become Profitable
The company's shares dropped as much as 5.9 percent on Monday following the report . Suppliers claim to have been sent letters asking them to repay substantial amounts.

Johnny Manziel traded to CFL's Alouettes
The former Cleveland Browns quarterback was traded by the Tiger-Cats to the Montreal Alouettes Sunday, per ESPN News Services . Montreal (1-4) has scored a league-low 69 points this season while allowing a league-high 148 points.

Duck boat probe will check if Coast Guard rules were ignored
She said she's been getting through the tragedy with a lot of prayers, and thanked the support of family members and friends. Funeral services are set for Wednesday for two Arkansas victims of a duck boat accident in a Missouri lake.

Lewis Hamilton believes auto failed before he went off
Sweden's Marcus Ericsson put Sauber in the points with ninth and New Zealander Brendon Hatley was 10th for Toro Rosso. But, at the team's home race, Mercedes called off the fight: "Valtteri, this is James (Vowles - chief strategist).

Trump finds it 'inconceivable' lawyer would tape a client
In August 2016, AMI paid McDougal $150,000 for the right to her story but never published an article based on her account. But he said no money was actually ever transferred, and the recording itself amounted to "powerful exculpatory evidence".

Russian 'agent' held on charges of seeking to infiltrate U.S. government
According to one source, the meeting was kept private because Trump asked Putin to give him some time to consider the offer. Coats, being the top USA intelligence official that he is, of course reacted as if he hadn't been told a thing about it.

Carmelo Anthony traded by OKC to Atlanta, but waived for free agency
Anthony's time in Oklahoma City lasted just one season, where the 34-year-old averaged 16.2 points and 5.8 rebounds over 78 games. Anthony averaged 11.8 points in the series, shooting just 37.5 percent from the field and 21.4 percent from 3-point range.

Other news