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Mugabe Nominated as Unopposed Party Candidate Before Elections

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Dec. 8 (Bloomberg) -- President Robert Mugabe was nominated unopposed as the candidate for the Zimbabwe African National Union-Patriotic Front to contest next year’s elections and vowed to restore lost “honor and pride.”

“We are now like a wounded beast, let’s fight back and restore our honor and pride,” Mugabe told supporters at the party’s conference in the city of Gweru in central Zimbabwe. He said it was “sad that people say” one faction of his ZANU-PF party belongs to Defense Minister Emmerson Mnangagwa and another to Vice President Joice Mujuru.

“That is dangerous, absolutely dangerous,” he said. “Those ambitions are causing the splits down the party. Unity, unity, unity. We must speak unity and unite the people.”

To contact the reporter on this story: Tim Farrand in Edinburgh at tfarrand@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Colin Keatinge at ckeatinge@bloomberg.net

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