Why Mugabe Won: The 2013 Elections in Zimbabwe and their Aftermath

Stephen Chan, Julia Gallagher

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Zimbabwe’s 2013 elections mark a dramatic final moment Robert Mugabe’s political life: he and his party swept the presidential, parliamentary and senatorial polls and crushed the opposition. And it was all done under relatively credible and peaceful conditions. This book explains how he did it, and what it means for the future of Zimbabwe. Drawing on extensive research among political elites, grassroots activists and ordinary voters, the book tells the story of how Zimbabweans turned away from Morgan Tsvangirai and the once-successful MDC, and back to Mubabe’s ZANU-PF, which has presided over violent political repression, economic meltdown, and international pariah status. Chan and Gallagher – who have worked in and studied Zimbabwe since its birth in 1980 – explore the domestic and international context of these landmark elections and explain what they mean for the country’s people, its political leaders and the neighbouring countries as they move towards a future without Mugabe.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationCambridge
PublisherCambridge University Press
Number of pages194
ISBN (Electronic)9781316338025
ISBN (Print)9781107117167
Publication statusPublished - 9 Jun 2017

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