Shadow of Mugabe looms over Zimbabwe election

Updated 7:57 AM ET, Mon July 30, 2018

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Harare, Zimbabwe (CNN)For the first time in a generation, there will be a glaring omission on the ballot form when Zimbabweans go to the polls on Monday.

Robert Mugabe may have disappeared from the public view, but his ghost still lingers over a vote which threatens to be one of the closest in the country's history.
Mugabe, now 94, ruled Zimbabwe for 37 years before resigning last November amid the pressure of a military takeover and the humiliation of impeachment.
Former President Robert Mugabe kisses his wife and former first lady Grace Mugabe during the country's 37th Independence Day celebrations in 2017.
Emmerson Mnangagwa, the man who Mugabe fired as his deputy only weeks before his resignation while attempting to have his wife appointed as his successor, now leads the country and the Zanu-PF party.
Mugabe has rarely been seen in public since, instead spending his time between Singapore, where he is receiving medical treatment, and his plush 25-room Blue House residence in the nation's capital Harare.
Sightings of Mugabe's wife Grace, nicknamed "Gucci Grace" for her love of a lavish lifestyle, have become similarly scarce.
    But on Sunday, Mugabe made a rare public appearance to declare he would not vote for his successor Mnangagwa.