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What's at Stake in Zimbabwe's Elections on Wednesday?


World  (tags: elections, world, africa, 'CIVILLIBERTIES!', 'HUMANRIGHTS!', conflict, government, politics, society )

JL
- 263 days ago - guardian.co.uk
Zimbabwe's 2013 elections explained As Zimbabweans prepare to vote in presidential, senate, national and local government elections, what is at stake for the country?



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Kit B. (277)
Monday July 29, 2013, 7:27 pm

This country has seen so much strife and I know the people would love to live without fear. The general expectation is that at long last Mugabe will be defeated and perhaps a new president will not be as reactionary with his use of the police. I wish them well.
 

JL A. (269)
Monday July 29, 2013, 7:38 pm
You cannot currently send a star to Kit because you have done so within the last day. Freedom from fear does indeed enhance quality of life significantly.
 

Zee Kallah (39)
Tuesday July 30, 2013, 5:27 am
Thanks for the information.

You finders surely do keep us well educated,

WELCOME BACK
 

Gene Jacobson (233)
Tuesday July 30, 2013, 8:06 am
"However, the economy is slowing, and unemployment is understood to be running at 85%, with youth unemployment a particular concern."

Hmm. If unemployment is at 85% overall, I'd venture that is a problem for everyone not just youth - and in regions like this, youth often really means 10 year olds who should be in school not working in the first place. 49% of their GDP is tobacco? Not much of a future growing tobacco anywhere, I wouldn't think, unless there have been uses found for it that don't kill people that is. At 89, one wonders why Mugabe is bothering? And, how, in that area of the world he got to that age? It sort of suggests that a good portion of the employed population are his bodyguards. It would be great if the two parties actually can work together on the country's myriad problems because that is the only way they are going to be resolved. Perhaps, for once, history can be overcome. That would be good to see.
 

Gloria picchetti (279)
Tuesday July 30, 2013, 8:21 am
As much as my country, US, disgusts me I have to acknowledge that the grass is not greener in Zimbabwe.
 

Bea friends Kindly (22)
Tuesday July 30, 2013, 1:02 pm
It will be fixed in Mugabes favour........ I DO NOT BELIEVE HE WILL BE DEFEATED.... He Is Evil
 

Birgit W. (135)
Tuesday July 30, 2013, 3:57 pm
Noted.
 

GGmaSheila D. (89)
Tuesday July 30, 2013, 7:51 pm
At 89, it is very possible that Mogabe is not the true leader, but a figurehead for others?? Haven't kept up with this part of the world lately so I apologize if I'm off base here. This doesn't mean he couldn't be leading at 89, just that there's a possibility that he's a front. I sincerely hope he can be beat and these people can get on with living...if his successor isn't worse. Tho with Gene's stats how can anyone be worse??
 

JL A. (269)
Tuesday July 30, 2013, 7:55 pm
You cannot currently send a star to GGma Sheila because you have done so within the last day.
 

Lona Goudswaard (61)
Wednesday July 31, 2013, 4:54 am
News here is that things are so bad and repression so great in Zimbabwe that most people have turned away from politics completely. They no longer believe that it will get better in their lifetime so they flock to (Christian) religions by the thousand in the hope that things improve in the afterlife.

One thing not mentioned in the article is that Mugabe's dictatorship has had repercussions for other countries in southern Africa. Zimbabwe used to be called the granary of Africa because of its rich grain harvests which were a source of food for other countries too. After his farming 'reforms', the whole grain cultivation collapsed, bringing starvation to Zimbabwe and neighbouring countries dependent on this crop. It has never recovered.
 

JL A. (269)
Wednesday July 31, 2013, 8:30 am
Thanks for bringing home the despair and survival challenges linked to these politics Lona.You cannot currently send a star to Lona because you have done so within the last day.
 
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