Jul 31, 2013

Zimbabwe elections, where ghosts vote and Facebook rules

Zimbabwe heads to the polls today -- but the iron grip of Robert Mugabe, and the passive state-controlled media, is feeding fears the election will not be fair. Some are fighting back.

Zimbabwe heads to the polls today with an ailing Robert Mugabe clinging to power, amid reports of electoral fraud and intimidation and fears the violence that marred the 2008 election might return.

The election grants Opposition Leader and Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai’s Movement for Democratic Change another opportunity to seize power from the 89-year-old dictator. During the disputed 2008 election the MDC entered a regionally brokered power-sharing arrangement with Mugabe’s ZANU-PF party; the agreement effectively left Mugabe in charge.

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