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Why Mugabe Won: The 2013 elections in Zimbabwe and their aftermath

The 2013 general elections in Zimbabwe were widely expected to mark a shift in the nation’s political system, and a greater role for the opposition Movement for Democratic Change (MDC), led by Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai. However, the results, surprisingly, were overwhelmingly in favour of long-time President Robert Mugabe, who swept the presidential, parliamentary and senatorial polls under relatively credible and peaceful conditions. Stephen Chan, SOAS, University of London explores the domestic and international context of these landmark elections.

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