Mnangagwa, who was Mugabe’s deputy for decades, was removed from his post before an apparent coup restored him to power. He returned to the capital, Harare, on Wednesday, after hiding out following his dismissal by Mugabe earlier in November.
He’s scheduled to address the nation shortly afterward.
He gave a speech Wednesday night at his ZANU-PF party’s headquarters, after returning to the country, promising to lead the nation into a "new and unfolding democracy,"
On Thursday, Mugabe and his wife Grace, whose political ambitions were thwarted by the apparent coup which allowed Mnangagwa’s rise to power, were granted immunity, allowing the couple to remain in the country. Mugabe may not attend the inauguration, according to Zimbabwe’s Herald newspaper, which said he needed time to rest.
While the incoming leader isn’t expected to represent a significant shift in the country’s politics, ordinary Zimbabweans are thrilled that Mugabe has been removed.
The 93-year-old, until recently one of the world’s longest-serving head of state, was once a freedom fighter who ushered in Zimbabwe’s independence from the UK almost four decades ago. He has since presided over mass alleged human rights violations and ruinous economic policies.