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Zimbabwe Succession Rivals Square Off After Mugabe Win

As President Robert Mugabe starts a new five-year term to rule Zimbabwe until he’s 94, his party faces a succession battle between his vice president, whose nom de guerre was “Comrade Spill Blood,” and a former spy chief known as “The Crocodile.”

The contest pits Vice President Joice Mujuru, who took the name of Teurai Ropa, or “Spill Blood” in the Shona language, when as a teenager she joined the fight for independence, against Defense Minister Emmerson Mnangagwa, who at age 19 led a sabotage unit known as the “Crocodile Gang.”