July 30, 2018 / 11:30 AM / 2 months ago

Zimbabwe's Mugabe votes in first election since being ousted

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.

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

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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