Zimbabwean President Emmerson Mnangagwa officiates at a university graduation ceremony in Chinhoyi, near Harare, Zimbabwe, December 1, 2017. REUTERS/Philimon Bulawayo
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Zimbabwe President Emmerson Mnangagwa appointed senior military officials to top posts in his first Cabinet Friday in what was widely seen as a reward for the army's role in the removal of his predecessor, Robert Mugabe.Sworn in as president a week ago after 93-year-old Mugabe quit in the wake of a de facto military coup, Mnangagwa made Maj. Gen. Sibusiso Moyo foreign minister and handed Air Marshal Perrance Shiri the sensitive land portfolio.Most Zimbabweans remember Moyo as the khaki-clad general who went on state television in the early hours of Nov. 15 to announce the military takeover that ended Mugabe's 37-year rule.With elections due next year, Mnangagwa needs to deliver a quick economic bounce and has made clear he wants to curb wasteful expenditure. His Cabinet has 22 ministers compared to Mugabe's 33 .
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