Zimbabwe Rules Out Delaying Election after Blast at Rally

Emmerson Mnangagwa in November 2017.

(From AP News)

Zimbabwe’s presidential spokesman is ruling out an election delay or a state of emergency after an explosion at the president’s campaign rally on Saturday that state media called an assassination attempt.

George Charamba told the state-run Sunday Mail newspaper that the historic July 30 vote will go ahead as planned despite the blast that occurred shortly after President Emmerson Mnangagwa addressed a stadium crowd in Bulawayo, an opposition stronghold.

At least 49 people, including both of Zimbabwe’s vice presidents, were injured in the explosion that Mnangagwa said occurred just “inches” from him. Dramatic footage showed him walking off the stage and into a crowded tent where the blast occurred seconds later, sending up smoke as people screamed and ran for cover.

Mnangagwa was unscathed and later pointed out he’d had numerous attempts on his life in the past, saying he was used to them by now.

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