The Zimbabwe Election And The Future Of Democracy In Africa

ZIMBABWE ELECTIONS
Main opposition Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) supporters celebrate outside their headquarters in Harare, Tuesday, July 31, 2018, believing they have won the elections that took place Monday. Zimbabweans hope the election will help to lift their country out of economic and political stagnation. AP Photo
ZIMBABWE ELECTIONS
Main opposition Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) supporters celebrate outside their headquarters in Harare, Tuesday, July 31, 2018, believing they have won the elections that took place Monday. Zimbabweans hope the election will help to lift their country out of economic and political stagnation. AP Photo

The Zimbabwe Election And The Future Of Democracy In Africa

Millions of Zimbabweans lined up at the polls this week to elect a leader after nearly four decades of rule by Robert Mugabe. The results — expected later this week — will determine whether incumbent Emmerson Mnangagwa or his main rival Nelson Chamisa will become the country’s next president. Many view the election as a chance for Zimbabwe to break free from its repressive past; however, some civil rights groups say the election has been marred by vote-buying and corruption. We’ll discuss the election and the future of democracy in Africa with Todd Moss, a senior fellow at the Center for Global Development. He’s an expert on development and democracy restoration in Zimbabwe.