Zimbabwe’s President Robert Mugabe Through the Decades
Voting and Violence
Mugabe and the ZANU PF party lost the parliamentary majority to Movement for Democratic Change, the main opposition party, in the 2008 elections. Opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai won the presidential vote, but without the minimum votes required to declare a win. An overwhelming number of deaths, rape, serious injuries and other methods of voter intimidation were reported during the controversial run-off elections, causing Tsvangirai to withdraw from the running.
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