A Quick Guide to the Zimbabwean Presidential Elections

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  • 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?
  • Voting Day
  • A Fair Fight or a Farce?
  • Violence in Rural Areas Goes Underreported
  • Challenger Calls Fraud
  • President Robert Mugabe
  • Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai

Controversy Around the New Constitution

This year’s election will take place under the new constitution signed into law by Mugabe on May 22, 2013. While the constitution restricts future presidents to two five-year terms and enforces a later date for this year’s elections, Mugabe issued a decree declaring July 31 as voting day. Minister Tsvangirai criticized the president for setting that date, considering the newly instated voting reforms regarding media and security forces have yet to be implemented.

(Photo: JEKESAI NJIKIZANA/AFP/Getty Images)

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