Zimbabwe VP Chiwenga in India for treatment

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VP Chiwenga

By BBC

The government of Zimbabwe has confirmed that its Vice-President Constatino Chiwenga is receiving medical treatment abroad.

This comes days after he dismissed reports of being airlifted to South Africa.

Deputy Information Minister Energy Mutodi said on social media that Mr Chiwenga was recovering well from a minor abdominal ailment in the Indian capital, Delhi.

The former head of Zimbabwe’s military played a key role in ousting former President Robert Mugabe in 2017.

Correspondents say he is widely seen as a potential successor to the current leader, Emmerson Mnangagwa.

The president last week denied there was a power struggle between himself and his deputy.

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