Zimbabweans say not much has changed since then, despite vows by new President Emmerson Mnangagwa to allow more freedoms and fix the economy.
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As one of the leaders of national liberation movements against white-minority rule, Robert Mugabe was elected in 1980. He was pushed out in a soft coup in 2017. Also see our articles on Zimbabwe or Africa.
Very few details have emerged about the coup, as the government has tried to keep a tight lid on information. What we do know, however, raises a great number of suspicions.
Zimbabwe’s Mugabe accepts Mnangagwa as country’s legitimate leader after accusing him of leading a coup that ended his near four-decades rule last year.
In his speech on Monday, Mnangagwa urged the nation to move ahead and put the election period behind. If this means not punishing military excesses during the recent PEV then Mnangagwa a democrat will continue to be doubtful.
Zimbabweans vote in first post-coup elections. The general elections mark a turning point in the country’s political history. The spectre of Mugabe’s rule hovers over all.
The 94-year-old Mugabe who led the nation through 37 years has emerged as a player ahead of the July 30 vote
Government promises a free and fair vote and the military says it won’t stray from the barracks
Play is about a 1980s government crackdown in which rights groups say 20,000 civilians were killed
Can adopting a new constitution lead to better democracy? Three such scholars, Todd A. Eisenstadt, A Carl LeVan and Tofigh Maboudi, recently explored this question in their global study of 138 constitutions from a 37 year period.
After almost two decades of stalemate, evident change has come to Zimbabwe. British Prime Minister Theresa May now has found a credible ally, in new Zimbabwe President Emmerson Mnangagwa, to work to rebuild trust with former its colonial master.