Zimbabwe: The Countdown for Mugabe’s Succession

March 09, 2014

Who will succeed Robert Mugabe? Although many external observers such as the African Union (AU) and the Southern African Development Community (SADC) endorsed the results of Zimbabwe's last election, Robert Mugabe's 2013 victory was marred by accusations of manipulation and fraud....

Mugabe and ZANU-PF: Shadows of an Uncertain Future

August 25, 2013

What does the future hold for Zimbabwe after Mugabe’s re-election? The victory of Robert Mugabe and ZANU-PF — although challenged in court by MDC and marred by suspicions of fraud and illegal practice — represents a political step of extraordinary importance. It seems as if...

Zimbabwe: The Road to Stability?

August 20, 2013

How will Mugabe’s re-election impact relations with South Africa? By Michael Kahn Robert Gabriel Mugabe of the Zimbabwe African National Union-Patriotic Front (ZANU-PF), won a seventh term as leader of the government of Zimbabwe. In polls on July 31, ZANU-PF received around 61% of the...

Zimbabwe: Monumental Fraud or a Well Thought-Out Plan?

August 12, 2013

Did Zimbabwe experience a moment of systematic fraud? The overwhelming victory of Robert Mugabe's ZANU-PF came as a shock. Zimbabwe now has to deal with a Mugabe in full power and with a parliamentary majority that allows him to change the constitution at will. His reelection of a 61%...

Restauration and Dilemma in Zimbabwe

August 05, 2013

In the aftermath of Mugabe's win, a level of uncertainty surrounds Zimbabwe. Zimbabwe is back in the news. Amid allegations of fraud, the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) announced the country's election results. Robert Mugabe of ZANU-PF won 61 percent of the vote, with Morgan...

Is Mugabe on the Road to Victory?

August 01, 2013

The initial optimism surrounding Zimbabwe's election is now fading.  A new president and parliament are expected to be elected by Zimbabweans under the new constitution that was approved and ratified earlier this year. Wednesday's vote was monitored by...

Zimbabwe: Under a Dark Shadow

June 27, 2013

As July 31 draws near, Zimbabwe is marred by a rising fear of uncertainty. Zimbabwe’s Constitutional Court, the highest court in the country, has ruled that presidential and parliamentary elections must be held by July 31. The announcement was rejected by Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai,...

Zimbabwe Four Years On: Heading in the Right Direction?

December 12, 2012

The Zimbabwean power sharing agreement of 2008 was hailed as a stepping stone to future improvements in this troubled country. But four years on, changes have occurred in Zimbabwe. Now to Africa and the world, the question that remains is whether the country is heading in the right...