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Vol 59 No 14

Published 13th July 2018


In the mood for change

Big doubts remain about the credibility of the elections as economic discontent boosts the opposition’s standing

In spite of the huge power of incumbency across Zimbabwe, as well as the generals' refusal to countenance an opposition victory, President Emmerson Mnangagwa's campaign for the 30 July elections is in trouble. Its biggest problems are self-inflicted: the weakness of the ersatz currency known as bond notes; its failure to rein in any of the regime's most corrupt barons; and the deep rifts within the ruling party, which may have been behind the grenade attack on a Mnangagwa rally in Bulawayo on 23 June.

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