Zimbabwe’s Landmark Presidential Election
On July 30, Zimbabweans will go to the polls to elect a president, members of parliament, and local officials in the first election since former President Robert Mugabe was forced to resign in November 2017.
Incumbent President Emmerson Mnangagwa, one of more than a dozen candidates competing for the presidency, will serve as the official candidate of the ruling Zimbabwe African National Union – Patriotic Front (ZANU-PF) party.
Mnangagwa’s leading challenger is Nelson Chamisa of the opposition Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) Alliance, which is a coalition of seven political parties.
Frequent, sometimes violent, demonstrations have occurred throughout the country ahead of past elections; however, aside from sporadic incidents, large-scale civil unrest is generally not expected.
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