Pomp and ceremony for Mnangagwa's address

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Zimbabwe's President Emmerson Mnagagwa arrived in parliament for his state of the nation addressin a gleaming vintage Rolls Royce, accompanied by horses.

None of the pomp and ceremony could persuade the main opposition Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) to stay. The party does not recognise his presidency, accusing him of stealing last year’s vote.

In a 40-minute conciliatory speech, Mr Mnangagwa admitted the need to address concerns about the elections in order to deepen democracy.

While he highlighted the positives of the last year - a budget surplus, wage increases for civil service and renewed diplomatic talks with the European Union - he ignored the elephant in the room, soaring inflation and rising discontent that threatens to destabilise the southern African nation.


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