2005-04-10

Democracy in Zimbabwe: Not yet.

Robert Mugabe's party, ZANU-PF, allegedly won Zimbabwe's election, defeating the opposition Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) led by Morgan Tsvangirai. Willisms has doubts:
Last week, Freedom House explained the impending election as not meeting several basic protocols of free and fair elections:

"Upcoming parliamentary elections in Zimbabwe face the likelihood of being severely compromised as repression against the country's political opposition increases steadily....

The Zimbabwean government has also barred several international observer missions from entering the country to monitor the elections, ensuring a virtual news blackout on March 31."

Indeed, the election could not be truly free and fair, because President Robert Mugabe’s government withheld food aid from supporters of opposition parties and prevented opposition candidates from accessing the media

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