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New Zimbabwe president urges nation to cast aside 'poisoned' politics

New Zimbabwe president urges nation to cast aside 'poisoned' politics

Zimbabweans must set aside “poisoned” politics and work together to rebuild the nation and reengage the world, new President Emmerson Mnangagwa said Friday, delivering an inclusive message to an exultant crowd that packed a stadium for his inauguration.

Mnangagwa, blamed for a number of the crackdowns and damaging policies of his mentor and predecessor, the ousted Robert Mugabe, also promised that “democratic” elections will be held on schedule in 2018 and that foreign investment will be safe in Zimbabwe, a message aimed at laying the groundwork for economic revival.

“We dare not squander the moment,” Mnangagwa said in a speech whose sense of promise matched the joyful mood of...

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