Play is about a 1980s government crackdown in which rights groups say 20,000 civilians were killed
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Robert Mugabe was one of the leaders of national liberation movements against white-minority rule in Zimbabwe. He was elected in 1980 and never relinquished power. He was pushed out in a soft coup in 2017 and died in 2019. Also see our articles on Zimbabwe or Africa.
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.
As Zimbabwe celebrates its Independence Day this Wednesday, the annual holiday will come with an added layer of meaning. This marks 38 years since the achievement of hard-fought nationhood.
The period following that first round of the 2008 Zimbabwe Presidential Election was marked by political violence that left a reportedly more than 200 dead, thousands more injured and more than 200,000 internally displaced.
In multiparty democracies, a single party should not set the agenda. Zimbabwe’s ruling ZANU-PF want us to believe it should. No doubt then, that the announcement of the formation of the NPF by the remnants of Generation 40 has rattled their plans.
Party and national constitutions must be seen as normative guideposts for multi-party democracy
Zimbabwe’s main opposition party is proving to be its own worst enemy as it bids to topple the ruling party in this year’s general elections, the first without Robert Mugabe in decades. The timing for the MDC’s woes is awful.
President Mnangagwa recently said that he would announce the date of the harmonized elections anytime after 12 February. The big question is whether voters will choose the ruling ZANU-PF party or the opposition MDC.
This year’s harmonized elections with the presidential election, the most exciting in living memory, promises an upheaval. ZANU-PF which has held power since independence could be eliminated in the first round of a presidential ballot.