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Mugabe's wife to lead ruling party's women's wing

Grace Mugabe raises her fist as she addresses a rally in Harare on July 28, 2013The wife of Zimbabwe’s President Robert Mugabe was on Friday chosen to lead the ruling party’s powerful women’s wing, catapulting her into active politics and adding new intrigue to the battle to succeed the 90-year-old strongman. The nomination of 49-year-old Grace Mugabe as the “sole” candidate for the position of the national secretary of the ZANU-PF women’s league was endorsed by a conference in Harare. Her new position will propel her into the ZANU-PF party’s supreme decision-making body, the politburo. As the national secretary of the party’s women wing, the former presidential typist will sit in the ZANU-PF inner cabinet and play an active role in the faction-riven battle to succeed her husband, who took power in 1980 on Zimbabwe’s independence from Britain.

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