Zimbabwe's new president Emmerson Mnangagwa and his wife Auxillia wave to their suppoters as they leave after the swearing in ceremony in Harare, Zimbabwe, November 24, 2017. REUTERS/Siphiwe Sibeko
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Zimbabwe's new president Emmerson Mnangagwa – widely known as the Crocodile – is seen as a smart and ruthless politician, but many question if he will be able to bring the change the country craves.The ruling party has proven it protects its own, assuring Mugabe he would not be prosecuted if he stepped down.Mnangagwa's remarkable rise to power – from being sacked as vice president and fleeing the country to being named Zimbabwe's next leader – was largely thanks to the military, which put Mugabe under house arrest, and ruling party lawmakers who introduced the impeachment proceedings.Mnangagwa served for decades as Mugabe's enforcer and among Zimbabwe's population is more feared than he is popular.Mnangagwa's links to the military and ruling party go back decades.Mnangagwa denies the allegations.
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