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Zimbabwe General Elections 2018


Polling stations in Zimbabwe opened early morning on July 30, 2018 for the country's 2018 General Elections. They entail presidential, parliamentary and local council elections. They are the first general elections since former President Robert Mugabe stepped down in November 2017.

The ruling party ZANU-PF is facing a strong challenge from the opposition Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) party. Both parties are led by new leaders, namely the incumbent President Emmerson Munangagwa (75) and Nelson Chamisa (40) for ZANU-PF and MDC respectively. The two are also the presidential candidates for their parties in the elections. According to the country's Constitution, a presidential candidate has to secure 50% or more of the votes to win. Failure by all candidates to attain that will result in a run-off election in September 2018.

Both Mr Munangagwa and Mr Chamisa have promised to rebuild the country's poor economy after about four decades of unreasonable and destructive economic sanctions and sabotage from the West during ex-President Mugabe's era.

The Western actions were prompted by Mr Mugabe's rightful and daring land redistribution policies that entailed repossession and redistribution of land looted from African peasants by European settlers during the colonial epoch in Zimbabwe. The repossessed looted land is very unlikely to be given back to affected European settlers as freehold, by whoever wins the elections. Nevertheless, leasehold arrangements may be possible. ________________________ © 2015 - 2018 Africa Up To Date. All Rights Reserved