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Wednesday, 15 November 2017 - 16:52
Who was behind Zimbabwe bloodless coup?
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“The Crocodile bites back: Deposed Zimbabwean vice-president, 75, taking power from Mugabe”
The man believed to be behind the coup in Zimbabwe is the country's recently sacked vice president, Emmerson Mnangagwa - also known as 'The Crocodile'.
 
Mnangagwa, 75, has had a long and varied political career, leading at one point the justice, defence, housing, and finance ministries as well as being the speaker of the lower house and a spymaster.
 
He was widely viewed as Mugabe's successor until he was ditched by the president last week and fled to South Africa.
 
Mugabe had accused his former deputy of plotting to take power from him, while his ambitious wife Grace referred to him as a snake that 'must be hit on the head' after the two clashed.
 
But Mnangagwa, who recently survived a poisoning attempt blamed on ice-cream from Mugabe's own dairy, has been telling allies he would return rapidly and everything would soon be 'sorted'.
 
He is a leader of the so-called 'Lacoste' faction - named after the clothes firm's crocodile logo, which matches Mnangagwa's reptilian nickname - within Mugabe's party. The group enjoys strong support among military figures.
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