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Vol 64 No 18

Published 7th September 2023


Legitimacy questions may spur talks

Regional and international critiques of election rigging have undermined ZANU-PF amid calls for a transitional authority to be set up

Regional leaders, like the four million Zimbabweans in exile, voted with their feet when invited to attend Emmerson Mnangagwa's inauguration for his second presidential term on 4 September. Of the 15 members in the Southern African Development Community (SADC), only three leaders turned up: South Africa's Cyril Ramaphosa, Mozambique's Filipe Nyusi and Congo-Kinshasa's Félix Tshisekedi. That reflected widespread doubts about the credibility of the elections. Many experts within the region agreed with the assessment of Stephen Chan, a former Commonwealth election observer and eminent political scientist, that these were Zimbabwe's 'worst ever elections.'

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