July 30, 2018 / 8:24 AM / 7 months ago

Zimbabwe's president rejects Mugabe's claim that election is not free

Zimbabwe's President Emmerson Mnangagwa casts his ballot as he votes at Sherwood Park Primary School in Kwekwe, Zimbabwe July 30, 2018. REUTERS/Philimon Bulawayo

HARARE (Reuters) - Zimbabwe’s President Emmerson Mnangagwa cast his vote on Monday in the first election since the removal of Robert Mugabe, rejecting claims made by his former mentor a day earlier that the election would not be free.

Mnangagwa, a 75-year-old former intelligence chief, is facing off against Nelson Chamisa, a 40-year-old lawyer and preacher who is vying to become Zimbabwe’s youngest head of state.

Reporting by Joe Brock; Editing by Angus MacSwan

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