A Quick Guide to the Zimbabwean Presidential Elections

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  • 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?
  • 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

The Crucial Voting Issue

Zimbabwe’s economy has experienced a downward spiral since 2000, most of which has been attributed to the nation’s war in the Democratic Republic of Congo and government corruption. Agriculture, once the nation’s most promising economy, took a crippling blow when President Mugabe seized white-owned farms, giving them to Blacks who had no land, but also no farming experience.

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