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Darius Bongwe, 28, dances at President Emmerson Mnangagwa's final rally at Tongogara Business Center on Saturday ahead of Zimbabwe's general elections on Wednesday. Bongwe believes President Mnangagwa and the ruling ZANU-PF party can revive the country's economy. Tendai Marima for NPR hide caption

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Zimbabwe heads to elections as it sees some of the world's highest inflation

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After 37 years of autocratic rule under Robert Mugabe, President Emmerson Mnangagwa promised a democratic era for Zimbabwe. But his government penalizes criticism. Tendai Marima hide caption

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Emmerson Mnangagwa looks on during his official inauguration ceremony as the President of Zimbabwe at the National Sports Stadium in the capital Harare. Jekesai Njikizana/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Nelson Chamisa addresses a news conference earlier this month in the capital, Harare. On Friday, Chamisa's opposition Movement for Democratic Change filed a legal challenge of the presidential election won by his opponent, incumbent President Emmerson Mnangagwa. Jerome Delay/AP hide caption

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President Emmerson Mnangagwa casts his ballot Monday at Sherwood Primary School in Kwekwe. Last year Mnangagwa's predecessor, Robert Mugabe, was ousted after ruling Zimbabwe for 37 years. Jekesai Njikizana/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Zimbabwean police patrolled the streets of the capital, Harare, on Thursday. Police said six people died when army troops opened fire on protesters the day before. Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi/AP hide caption

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Supporters of the Movement for Democratic Change, Zimbabwe's primary opposition party, protest against alleged fraud by the election authority and ruling party Wednesday in Harare. Luis Tato/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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