24/11/2017 08:27 SAST | Updated 24/11/2017 08:27 SAST

Mnangagwa Told Mugabe He Will Be Safe In Zimbabwe: State Media

But the former president may not attend Mnangagwa's swearing-in ceremony because he is "tired".

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Zimbabwean president-elect Emmerson Mnangagwa.

HARARE (Reuters) - Incoming Zimbabwe leader Emmerson Mnangagwa assured former president Robert Mugabe he and his family would be safe in the country when the two men spoke for the first time since Mnangagwa returned home this week, state media said on Friday.

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Zimbabwe's former Vice-President Emmerson Mnangagwa, who is due to be sworn in to replace Robert Mugabe as President, addresses supporters in Harare, Zimbabwe, November 22, 2017.

The state-owned The Herald newspaper said Mugabe and Mnangagwa, who is set to be sworn in as president later on Friday, had agreed that the former leader may not attend the swearing-in ceremony because he was tired.

Reporting by MacDonald Dzirutwe; Editing by Alexander Winning