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Vol 54 No 23

Published 15th November 2013


Zimbabwe

ZANU-PF power struggles resume

With the election out of the way, the party resumes the postponed battle for the succession – and the knives are out

For a party that could so skilfully engineer the July national election, the Zimbabwe African National Union–Patriotic Front has been curiously inept at managing its own internal democracy. The election of the ten provincial chairmen (which is a male preserve) and their executives, scheduled for 26-27 October, degenerated into chaos with the rival factions accusing each other of strong-arm tactics, vote-buying, ballot-rigging and imposing candidates. In the event, only two provinces announced their results; the other eight were cancelled.

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