Zimbabwe's Mnangagwa returns to serve as nation's next leader

Emmerson Mnangagwa, Zimbabwe's former vice president, will be sworn in as interim president on Friday.

(CNN) - Zimbabwe's former vice president has returned to the country to serve as interim President, the state broadcaster reports, following veteran leader Robert Mugabe's resignation after 37 years of rule.

Emmerson Mnangagwa is scheduled to be sworn in on Friday and is expected to address his ruling ZANU-PF party later today, according to broadcaster ZBC.

Mugabe, 93, fired Mnangagwa as his deputy more than two weeks ago, triggering a political firestorm that culminated in his own humiliating defeat on Tuesday. Mnangagwa fled the country after his dismissal.

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