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Roger Southall Co-writes Journal Article on “How and Why Zanu-PF Won the 2013 Zimbabwe Elections”

Liberation Movements in PowerRoger Southall, author of Liberation Movements in Power: Party and State in Southern Africa, has written an article with Van Zyl Slabbert for the Strategic Review for Southern Africa, which is produced by the Department of Political Sciences at the University of Pretoria.

Read the article, titled “How and Why Zanu-PF Won the 2013 Zimbabwe Elections”:

In the March 2008 ‘harmonised’ elections in Zimbabwe,1) the Movement for Democratic Change (Tsvangirai) (MDC-T) scored the narrowest of victories over the ruling Zimbabwe African National Union-Patriotic Front (ZANU-PF) in the race for the House of Assembly, by 100 seats to 99, with the splinter Movement for Democratic Change (Mutumbara) (MDC-M) winning another 10 constituencies, with one more taken by an independent.2) In the Presidential race, MDC-T leader Morgan Tsvangirai outpaced incumbent Robert Mugabe, by officially taking 47.9 per cent of the poll compared to the latter’s 43.2 percent. However, the long delay of five weeks between the close of polls and the official announcement of the result implied strongly that the margin of difference between the two front-runners had actually been larger.

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