An expelled member of Zimbabwe”s ruling party says a new party will be formed to challenge President Robert Mugabe.

Didymus Mutasa told the Press that the new party would also be called Zanu but the initials PF would stand for “People First” not “Patriotic Front”.

Zanu-PF expelled Mr Mutasa and other senior members after accusing them of plotting to oust Mr Mugabe last year. They denied the claim.

Mr Mugabe”s sacked deputy, Joice Mujuru, is tipped to lead the new party, following the biggest split in Zanu-PF in the post-independence era.

Mr Mugabe, 91, is due to run for re-election in 2018.

He has ruled Zimbabwe since independence in 1980.

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