Blast Hits Zimbabwe Presidential Rally, President Mnangagwa Unhurt

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رئيس زيمبابوي إمرسون منانجاجوا يعلن موعد الانتخابات العامة في هاراري يوم 30 مايو أيار 2018. تصوير: فيليمون بولاوايو - رويترز.

A campaign rally by Zimbabwe’s President Emmerson Mnangagwa on Saturday was disrupted by a blast that occurred after he had addressed the crowd, his spokesman said.

“There has been an incident at Bulawayo (White City Stadium) where the president was addressing a rally. This is now a police issue but the president is safe at Bulawayo State House,” spokesman George Charamba told Reuters news agency.

He added that some people had been reported injured, and footage posted online showed medical staff rushing to the scene.

Charamba told The Zimbabwe Herald that there had been “multiple attempts” Mnangagwa’s life over the years.

Mnangagwa took power in November last year after his former ally, Robert Mugabe, was pressured by the military into stepping down after ruling the country for three decades. Elections are to be held on July 30.

The explosion in Zimbabwe came just hours after a blast at a rally by the new Ethiopian prime minister, Abiy Ahmed, in Addis Ababa killed one person and injured more than 130 others, some seriously.

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