Zimbabwe election date announced

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FILE PHOTO: A street vendor carries fruit outside an election rally of President Emmerson Mnangagwa's ruling ZANU PF party in Mutare, Zimbabwe, May 19, 2018.

FILE PHOTO: A street vendor carries fruit outside an election rally of President Emmerson Mnangagwa's ruling ZANU PF party in Mutare, Zimbabwe, May 19, 2018.

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FILE PHOTO: A street vendor carries fruit outside an election rally of President Emmerson Mnangagwa's ruling ZANU PF party in Mutare, Zimbabwe, May 19, 2018.

FILE PHOTO: A street vendor carries fruit outside an election rally of President Emmerson Mnangagwa's ruling ZANU PF party in Mutare, Zimbabwe, May 19, 2018.

HARARE – Zimbabwe&39;s president Emmerson Mnangagwa has announced the country&39;s national elections will be held on 30 July, Reuters on Wednesday cited a government document as saying. 

More than 100 political parties are expected to take part in the polls.

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The Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) opened the voters&39; roll for inspection just over a week ago.

The July election will be the country&39;s first since independence in 1980 without long-time ruler and former president Robert Mugabe.

About 5.5 million Zimbabweans have registered to vote in the country&39;s elections.