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What to Expect from Zimbabwe’s Tilted Polls

Zimbabwe will hold elections on 23 August.

As with past votes, the playing field is skewed in favour of the ruling party ZANU-PF.

  • In this Q&A, Crisis Group expert Nicolas Delaunay lays out the stakes and assesses the risks of violence.

What is happening?

On 23 August, Zimbabweans will vote in presidential, parliamentary and local council elections.

As in the last presidential race, in 2018, 80-year-old President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s main competitor is opposition leader Nelson Chamisa, 45.

But the atmosphere could not be more different.

The 2018 elections unfolded amid cautious optimism about the country’s trajectory.

It was the…

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