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'Crocodile' returning to Zimbabwe to take over presidency

Staff Writer |
Emmerson Mnangagwa, also known as the Crocodile, is set to make a dramatic political comeback.

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State media reported Wednesday that Mnangagwa will be sworn in Friday as Zimbabwe's second president - formally ending the tumultuous power saga that's gripped the African nation this month.

State broadcaster ZBC said Mnangagwa will return to Zimbabwe Wednesday evening. Citing safety concerns, he fled to South Africa after he was removed by former President Robert Mugabe on Nov. 6.

After Mugabe's resignation Tuesday, Zimbabwe's ruling Zanu PF party nominated Mnangagwa as his successor - a move that was widely expected.

"Together, we will ensure a peaceful transition to the consolidation of our democracy and bring in a fresh start for all Zimbabweans and foster peace and unity," Mnangagwa said Tuesday.

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