July 30, 2018 / 11:30 AM / 4 months ago

Zimbabwe's Mugabe votes in first election since being ousted

Zimbabwe's former president Robert Mugabe casts his ballot in the general elections in Harare, Zimbabwe, July 30, 2018. REUTERS/Siphiwe Sibeko

HARARE (Reuters) - Former president Robert Mugabe, 94, cast his vote in a Harare township on Monday in Zimbabwe’s first election that does not include his name on the ballot paper.

A frail Mugabe, accompanied by his wife, Grace, shuffled into the polling booth and spent several minutes filling in his ballot paper with the help of an assistant. A huge crowd gathered outside, some cheering, many booing.

Mugabe was removed last November in a de facto coup that brought his former ally Emmerson Mnangagwa to power. Mnangagwa is the favorite in Monday’s vote.

Reporting by MacDonald Dzirutwe; Writing by Joe Brock; Editing by Kevin Liffey

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