Mugabe's ex-deputy launches rival Zimbabwe party

Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe (right) and Joice Mujuru fell out in 2014Zimbabwean former vice president Joice Mujuru launched a new political party Tuesday in a direct challenge to veteran President Robert Mugabe’s all-powerful ZANU-PF, as speculation increases over his succession. “Today is a historic day,” said Mujuru as she officially unveiled her Zimbabwe People First party at a press conference in the capital, Harare. Mugabe, who recently turned 92, has ruled since independence in 1980 during an era marked by vote-rigging, mass emigration, accusations of human rights abuses and economic decline.

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