Saturday, 4 August 2018

A Tarnished Victory For Emmerson Mnangagwa in Zimbabwe

The Economist - On the morning of July 30th packed flights left from Johannesburg, in South Africa, to Harare, the capital of Zimbabwe. 

Scores of Zimbabweans were returning to vote in the country’s first election since 1980 without Robert Mugabe on the ballot. Zimbabwe’s official population is nearly 17m but as many as 5m of its citizens live abroad, having fled an economy ruined by the 94-year-old ex-despot. 
A Tarnished Victory For Emmerson Mnangagwa in Zimbabwe
Young Zimbabweans at the airport brimmed with nervous excitement. But not everyone was off home. Leonard, a Zimbabwean banker in his early 60s, was flying to Namibia on business. “There is no point in going to Zimbabwe,” he explained. “They did not topple Mugabe in November to hand over power now.”

Sure enough, in the early hours of August 3rd, the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) announced that Emmerson Mnangagwa, Mr Mugabe’s former sidekick, who replaced him after a coup last year, had won the presidential race, defeating Nelson Chamisa, the leader of the MDC Alliance, an opposition bloc, by 50.8% to 44.3%. Two days earlier it announced that Mr Mnangagwa’s ruling Zanu-PF party had won a majority of parliamentary seats. Taken together, the results mean that Zanu-PF, which has ruled the country for 38 years, will continue its reign into a fifth decade. A Tarnished Victory For Emmerson Mnangagwa in Zimbabwe

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