Tag: Zimbabwe

Zimbabwe: eight steps to full democracy

     

It is beyond dispute that the massive voter turnout for Zimbabwe’s July 30 presidential election demonstrated that Zimbabweans want a transition away from the divisions, brutality and economic ruin of… Read more »

Africa’s democratization since 1990: continuity in change?

     

A wave of democratization swept over the African continent in the 1990s. Has it made a difference in the welfare of individuals in sub-Saharan African nations? And why hasn’t the… Read more »

Zimbabweans disillusioned by post-poll crackdown

     

  The jury remains out as to whether Zimbabwe’s recent election had achieved the promised clean break with the past of the Mugabe era, says Freedom House’s Michael Abramowitz. Any… Read more »

Zimbabwe poll ‘charade’ proves ZANU-PF leopard can’t change its spots

     

Zimbabwe police stormed the headquarters of the opposition Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) in the capital Harare on Thursday and detained 16 people after sealing off the building earlier, a… Read more »

Zimbabwe opposition claims election victory: tensions rise amid vote-rigging fears

     

Zimbabwe’s opposition says its candidate, Nelson Chamisa, has won Monday’s presidential election. The MDC Alliance says the ruling Zanu-PF party is attempting to rig the vote to allow President Emmerson… Read more »

Failure to forge liberal middle way still haunts Zimbabwe

     

Pity Zimbabwe. For more than 30 years its people have endured deepening poverty, rampant corruption and systematic human rights abuses, notes Michael Holman, a former Africa editor for the FT:… Read more »

Can foreign observers keep Zimbabwe’s election clean?

     

  Foreign observers will play a vital role in trying to ensure a clean election. Missions under the aegis of the African Union and the Southern African Development Community are… Read more »

Zimbabwe’s upcoming polls present new political dynamics

     

  Since the Movement for Democratic Change’s founding in 1999, Zimbabwe has been going through a protracted struggle for democratization. An entrenched incumbent, fortified by a strong political-military network, has… Read more »

Zimbabwe’s divided opposition boosts ruling party’s election chances

     

Zimbabwe’s divided opposition could bolster the long ruling party’s chances of victory after failing to forge a solid coalition for the country’s first elections without Robert Mugabe. Twenty-three candidates –… Read more »

Assessing Zimbabwe’s elections: another GNU in the making?

     

Amid indications that the first round of voting in Zimbabwe’s July 30 ‘harmonized’ elections may not produce a clear winner, some civil society groups started putting together building blocks for… Read more »