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>> This is 32 year old Fatze Nehiri, an independent candidate in Zimbabwe's first election since the ouster of Robert Mugabe. Her campaign slogan is, A Warrior is Needed. And indeed this election is being cast as a battle between the old guard of Zimbabwe's 1970s independence war and a younger generation.
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>> People like this who were out on the streets celebrating Mugabe's departure. And who Nehiri says, now need to step up.>> We can sit and complain about how difficult things are in Zimbabwe, about how terrible our political options are, but we can also get involved and be the change that we wish to see in Zimbabwe.
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>> Incumbent president Emmerson Mnangagwa, who took power following the November coup is counting on this election to bolster his legitimacy. He's pursuing a break from the repressive policies of the past, but critics say the 75 year old was Mugabe's most loyal acolyte.
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His main rival is 40 year old Nelson Chamisa of the Movement for Democratic Change.
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o is hoping to rally younger voters. While these men fight it out at the ballot box, and in a country where one old man ruled for decades, the fact that Nehiri is a woman is challenge in itself.
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Women are underrepresented in Parliament and prominent female politicians have been called witch and prostitute. But this candidate says it's time for a new era.>> Once you prove your mettle, people get over the fact that you also happen to be a woman. Because at the end of the day, when you deliver, when you speak in Parliament, your gender is completely irrelevant.
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So yes, this country is ready.