Zimbabwe’s ruling party announces Mugabe as sole 2018 presidential candidate

China Central Television (CCTV) – Zimbabwe’s ruling Zanu-PF party announced on Saturday that President Robert Mugabe will be the party’s sole presidential candidate for the 2018 elections at the age of 94.

The party made the announcement at its annual conference held in Masvingo on Friday and Saturday.

Addressing the opening ceremony, Mugabe, who is also the party’s first secretary, said Zanu-PF remained strong despite the current disputes and various involvement of local opposition parties and hostile Western countries.

The veteran president, who has ruled Zimbabwe since its independence in 1980 and turns 94 next February, implored party members to stop fighting and unite. He also asked youths to be disciplined and follow party procedures. He stated that some previous younger party members had become undisciplined.

He also condemned senior party members who use social and private media to air political grievances, saying the annual conference was one important platform that could be used to settle grievances rather than on social media.

According to the 2013 constitution, Mugabe will only be allowed to serve one final term.

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