First Lady: A Dead Mugabe Would Still Win Elections in Zimbabwe

Robert Mugabe

GETTY IRON RULE Robert Mugabe has revealed plans for the future of his presidency

"Also the majority of the people feel that there is no replacement actually, no successor who to them is acceptable as I am".

Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe and Chinese Premier Li Keqiang (not pictured) during their meeting at the Great Hall of the People (GHOP) on August 26, 2014 in Beijing, China.

"Of course if I feel that I can't do it anymore, I will say so to my party so that they relieve me. When the people see that they trust their leaders, [that they are] beyond corruption. sure that's grooming", he said.

In the meantime, Mugabe's ruling Zanu-PF party has remained divided along factional lines over the years. President Mugabe says, 'I'm still here, so my position is not up for grabs.

A bigger celebration is set for Saturday in Matopos, 500km (350 miles) southwest of Harare, where thousands of Zanu-PF officials and supporters are expected to gather.

According to his wife Grace Mugabe, 51, he is so popular that if he died, he could run as a corpse in next year's election and still win votes. "Then we take over because we were not there in 1980", she said, pointing toward herself.

Mugabe has ruled out any prospect of retiring soon, saying that ZANU-PF officials believe there is no "acceptable" alternative.

Mugabe, who is Africa's third longest serving after Jose Eduardo dos Santos of Angola and Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo of Equatorial Guinea, is the only head of government Zimbabweans have ever known since the country attained independence from Britain in 1980.

Mugabe has avoided naming a successor, and his party is divided between factions hoping to succeed him.

Mugabe said while he was surprised by Trump's election, the US president needed to be given time to prove himself.

Last year, security forces brutally quelled a series of street protests in Harare, a rare public expression of opposition to Mugabe's regime.

The party was also attended by the two Vice Presidents, Cdes Emmerson Mnangagwa and Phelekezela Mphoko and Cabinet ministers.

The EU first imposed sanctions on the world's oldest ruler in 2002 following the forceful eviction of more than 4,000 white farmers in the country, alleged fraud and violence against the main oppostion party and human rights activists.

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