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Zimbabwean President Mnangagwa calls for racial unity before the elections

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Emmerson Mnangagwa is favorite to win the election presidential election on July 30

Zimbabwe President Emmerson Mnangagwa called for racial unity before the historic elections, telling white farmers that their lands will not be taken.

The government of former President Robert Mugabe supported the seizure of hundreds of white farms that they considered unfairly. Mnangagwa, 75, told a crowd in Harare that the controversial policy was a thing of the past

"We should stop talking about who owns the farm in terms of color," he said. "

" It's criminal to talk about it: a farmer, a black farmer, a white farmer, is a Zimbabwean farmer.

Mr. Mnangagwa's initiative to alleviate the concerns of white voters precedes the historic elections of September 30th. July.

This will be the first presidential election since Mugabe was ousted from power in November, ending his 37-year reign.

White Zimbabweans have traditionally voted for opposition parties such as the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) as opposed to Mr. Mnangagwa's Zanu-PF party.

He told the crowd that his government was "racially blind" and acknowledged the failure of the controversial land reforms of his predecessor.

exit, an exodus of skilled white farmers and widespread unemployment among black farm workers.

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Media legend Zimbabwean white farmer: "We thought we had lost everything" [19659018] There are more than 120 registered political parties for this month's elections, and there are probably 23 presidential candidates to choose from on the ballot.

million. Mnangagwa is a favorite to win the poll, but analysts also have enemies – both for overthrowing his former mentor and for being an antecedent of Mugabe's government.

The main leader of the opposition is Nelson Chamisa, 40, a lawyer and preacher who climbed to the top of the MDC in February.

He is extremely popular, especially among the young and the unemployed, and will become the youngest president of the country when he is elected.

The youth vote should be the key. More than half of Zimbabweans are now under 25 years old and about 43.5 percent of registered voters are under 35 years of age.

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