HARARE: Zimbabwe’s former vice-president, whose sacking led to the shock resignation of long-time leader Robert Mugabe, will be sworn in as the new president on Friday, the state broadcaster says.

Emmerson Mnangagwa, who fled to South Africa two weeks ago, is expected to land at Manyame Airbase in Harare just after 1 PM local time today, Wednesday.

His dismissal led the ruling party and the military to intervene and force an end to Mr Mugabe’s 37-year long rule.

Meanwhile, the new leader is expected to receive a heroes welcome when he arrives at Manyame Military Airport.