A Quick Guide to the Zimbabwean Presidential Elections

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  • A Repeat of 2008?
  • Voting Day
  • A Fair Fight or a Farce?
  • Violence in Rural Areas Goes Underreported
  • Challenger Calls Fraud
  • President Robert Mugabe
  • Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai
  • A Presidential Win
  • A Partnership Divided
  • Controversy Around the New Constitution
  • The Other Contenders
  • The Crucial Voting Issue
  • An Impoverished State
  • Money and Diamonds
  • Where Do They Stand
  • To Protect and to Serve
  • Looking Forward

A Repeat of 2008?

The political showdown between veteran Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe and Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai will come to a head on July 31, when their constituents head to the polls to elect the country’s next head of state. In the controversial 2008 presidential election, allegations of violence, voter intimidation and reported killings placed Zimbabwe on a global stage. Keep reading to learn more about the candidates, the election process, the issues and whether or not bloodshed is likely to occur once more. Patrice Peck


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