Zimbabwe military leader Chiwenga set to retire pending 'redeployment'

Reuters News
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Posted: Dec 18, 2017 9:39 AM

HARARE (Reuters) - Zimbabwe military chief Constantino Chiwenga, who led the de facto coup that ended Robert Mugabe's 37-year rule last month, is set to retire, the government said on Monday, paving the way towards his widely anticipated appointment as vice president.

Chiwenga is the top contender to become new President Emmerson Mnangagwa's deputy, one of two posts Mnangagwa has promised to fill in the next few days. Army Commander Phillip Sibanda will succeed Chiwenga as defence forces chief, a statement said.

(Reporting by Emelia Sithole-Matarise; Editing by Ed Cropley)