DEVELOPMENT OF AN AUTHORITARIAN REGIME IN ZIMBABWE FROM 1980 TO THE PRESENT DAY
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Zimbabwe has been long a focus of study for historians, political researchers and economists due to its evolution from British colonial rule, building an Independent Republic and its disputatious “democracy”, “broken-democracy” or “authoritarianism”. Every decade during its sovereignty has been specific: from an initial quasi cooperation between black and white politicians until the end of the last century, to the racially and mainly economically motivated conflicts between members of the ruling party, white farmers and businessmen from the beginning of the new millennium. The one-party system predominated throughout the whole of its modern history – with the dominant autocratic ruler Robert Mugabe. The democratic opposition was always weak, with a short exception around the elections of 2008. And this is still the case today. What will happen to “democracy“ or “broken democracy” in Zimbabwe following this yearʼs parliamentary and presidential elections, which led to its old autocrat being ousted at the end of last year by a military coup and his long time accomplice Emmerson Mnangagwa being inaugurated as the new president?
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