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Mugabe names new ministers to his cabinet

The new ministers are due to be sworn in at State House in Harare today.

FILE: President of Zimbabwe Robert Mugabe attends the opening session of the 2nd UN Conference on Landlocked Developing Countries at the United Nations in Vienna on 3 November, 2014. Picture: AFP.

HARARE - Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe has named several new cabinet ministers to replace those who were sacked earlier this week over their allegiance to former Vice President Joice Mujuru.

It's still not clear of Mugabe's wife Grace, who was instrumental in getting Mujuru sacked, will be rewarded with a ministerial post.

The new ministers are due to be sworn in by Mugabe at State House today.

In an unusual delay, state media is saying a new Minister of Women's Affairs will only be announced later.

Both of the two new vice presidents have also been given cabinet responsibilities, Emmerson Mnangagwa has to continue in his role as Justice Minister while second Vice President Phelekezela Mphoko has been put in charge of national reconciliation.

This elevation means that Mnangagwa is in prime position to succeed Mugabe, who turns 91 in February.

The current political infighting comes against a backdrop of slowing economic growth and high unemployment.