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Zimbabwe's leader tries to rally white voters as gap narrows

Zimbabwe's leader tries to rally white voters as gap narrows

HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — Zimbabwe’s president is trying to rally white minority voters as the race in this month’s historic election becomes too close to call.

President Emmerson Mnangagwa told a meeting in the capital, Harare, that the era of land seizures from white farmers is over. The land grabs under former leader Robert Mugabe were deeply unpopular and contributed to the economic collapse of the once-prosperous country.

Just 3 percentage points now separate former Mugabe deputy Mnangagwa and leading opposition challenger Nelson Chamisa, according to a new survey by the Afrobarometer research group. It surveyed 2,400 voters across the country between June 25 and July 6.

Campaigning ahead of the July 30 vote, the first without Mugabe since independence, has been peaceful but the opposition worries about possible fraud and the military’s role.

Published at Sat, 21 Jul 2018 10:15:10 +0000