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Zimbabwe: Concerns raised about possible elections in 2011
January 31, 2011
Signs of increased political tension in Zimbabwe are evident as the country prepares for possible elections in 2011. Following the failed elections of March 29, 2008, intense violence and repression, widespread misery and economic collapse, an inclusive government was finally formed. In February 2009, Zimbabwe’s long-ruling ZANU-PF party and the two factions of the opposition Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) formed a coalition government with Robert Mugabe of ZANU-PF as president and MDC's Morgan Tsvangirai as prime minister
Since then, according to Sokwanele - Inclusive Government Watch, “political unease and sporadic violence seem unending. The intimidation and violence which characterized the Constitutional Outreach process has been followed by an increase in political tensions with talk of a 2011 election. Zanu PF, a highly organized party with national reach seems to be preparing for a win at all costs.” Increased violence, threats and coercion are being directed primarily against the rural electorate with the message that “anything but a Zanu PF win will result in death for opposition supporters.”
Click on Sokwanele Zig Watch to see a comprehensive report on the current politcal situation in Zimbabwe.