Thousands join anti-Mugabe protest in Zimbabwe

Thousands of opposition supporters marched through the streets of Zimbabwe's capital Harare demanding President Robert Mugabe - who is 92 years old - to step down.

The march went ahead after a ruling by the High Court. Police had initially denied permission.

The supporters of the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC-T) carried anti-Mugabe placards and sang party songs before party leader Morgan Tsvangirai gave a speech against the presidency.

Speaking before the crowd, MDC-T leader Morgan Tsvangirai made clear that the protesters were not calling for revolution, but merely fair elections.

Tsvangirai ran against Mugabe in 2002, 2008, 2013. In what can only be described as a bastardisation of the democratic process, he got more votes than Mugabe in 2008 but “not enough to win,” according to the Mugabe government’s electoral oversight officials.

Mugabe remains active but his increasingly fragile health has sparked intense speculation over his successor, and the fate of the country when his rule comes to an end.

Elections are due in 2018 and President Mugabe says he will run again.

Mr Mugabe has been in power since independence in 1980.

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