"The people have spoken," Zimbabwe's Mnangagwa tells cheering crowd

Reuters

HARARE (Reuters) - Zimbabwe's former vice president Emmerson Mnangagwa, who is due to be sworn in to replace Robert Mugabe as president on Friday, told a cheering crowd in Harare on Wednesday that the country was entering a new stage of democracy.

"The people have spoken. The voice of the people is the voice of God," Mnangagwa told thousands of supporters who had gathered outside the ruling ZANU-PF party's offices.
"Today we are witnessing the beginning of a new and unfolding democracy."
Mugabe resigned as Zimbabwe's president on Tuesday, a week after the army and his former political allies moved to end four decades of rule by a man once feted as an independence hero who became feared as a despot.

(Reporting by MacDonald Dzirutwe; Writing by Joe Brock; Editing by Catherine Evans)