Zimbabwe's new President Emmerson Mnangagwa, centre attends a graduation ceremony in Chinhoyi, Zimbabwe, Friday, Dec, 1, 2017. (AP Photo/Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi)
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Zimbabwe's new president, Emmerson Mnangagwa, came under fire on Friday for unveiling a debut cabinet that named two military allies to top positions, reappointed figures from the discredited Mugabe era and sidelined the opposition.Mnangagwa, 75, was sworn in last Friday after the takeover, which the military said aimed at arresting "criminals" in government around the 93-year-old Mugabe.His cabinet also retains many faces from the Mugabe regime, including the finance minister, Patrick Chinamasa, and Home Affairs Minister Obert Mpofu.However, Mnangagwa dropped figures aligned to a rival faction in the ruling ZANU-PF party who had backed Mugabe's 52-year-old wife Grace in a bid to replace her husband.For some, the new cabinet line-up did not come as surprise.Leaders of the 1970's liberation war against colonial rule, who spearheaded mass protests to force Mugabe out of office, were also awarded cabinet positions.
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