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Zimbabwe to go to polls amid deepening economic crisis

Promises to get inflation and unemployment on track after decades of Mugabe rule have failed to materialise

An ever-worsening economic situation will hang over Zimbabwean voters when they go to the polls on Wednesday in a repeat of the 2018 election pitting President Emmerson Mnangagwa against his charismatic and relatively youthful challenger, Nelson Chamisa.

Mnangagwa narrowly defeated Chamisa five years ago after the coup that deposed Robert Mugabe, and pledged to to tackle the economy “head on” in his first term. However, unemployment, inflation and falls in the value of the Zimdollar have persisted.

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