Zimbabwe's ruling party has elected its first woman vice president.

At the conclusion of the ZANU-PF party congress Saturday, delegates approved the nomination 49-year old Joyce Mujuru, Zimbabwe's minister of water and infrastructure.

She will share the post with Joseph Msika - filling a vacancy left by Simon Muzenda, who died last year.

Ms. Mujuru was President Robert Mugabe's hand-chosen candidate.

Earlier this week, Mr. Mugabe suspended seven top party officials and reprimanded another for allegedly plotting against Ms. Mujuru's election, in favor of another candidate, parliamentary speaker Emmerson Mnangawa.

Analysts said whoever won the vice presidency would be in a good position to possibly succeed Mr. Mugabe, now 80 years old, when he steps down.

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