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What to Expect From Zimbabwe's 2023 General Election

MIN READJan 23, 2023 | 20:35 GMT

A police officer stands in front of an election poster for Zimbabwean President Emmerson Mnangagwa as he patrols outside a stadium where opposition leader Nelson Chamisa was holding a campaign rally in Marondera, Zimbabwe, on March 12, 2022.

A police officer stands in front of an election poster for Zimbabwean President Emmerson Mnangagwa as he patrols outside a campaign rally being held by opposition leader Nelson Chamisa in Marondera, Zimbabwe, on March 12, 2022.

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Corruption, violence and election interference will likely help Zimbabwean President Emmerson Mnangagwa secure another term later this year, likely worsening the country's economic malaise through continued financial mismanagement, corruption in the mining sector and lack of access to external credit. Mnangagwa, the leader of the ruling Zimbabwe African National Union-Patriotic Front (ZANU-PF), will run for reelection in mid-2023 against Nelson Chamisa, former parliamentary member and widely popular leader of the opposition Citizens Coalition for Change (CCC or Triple C) party. The 2023 general election will be the second Zimbabwe has held since Mnangagwa took power from former authoritarian leader Robert Mugabe in a 2017 military coup....

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