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Compromise or Compromised? An Assessment of Democracy in Transitional Zimbabwe. Democracy Index for Zimbabwe 2013

Eaglestone, A., & Chitsike, K

Format: Hard Back, E-Book


Published: 26/07/2019

Publisher: Idasa

City: Pretoria


The purpose of this book is to analyse the state of democracy in Zimbabwe since the signing of the Global Political Agreement (GPA) in September 2008 by the Zimbabwe African National Union – Patriotic Front (ZANU–PF) and the two formations of the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC). This Agreement was negotiated through a Southern Africa Development Community (SADC) facilitation process after elections earlier in the year were invalidated by intimidation and violence. The SADC Observer Mission Report1 stated that the process leading up to the presidential election did not conform to SADC Principles and Guidelines Governing Democratic Elections. The GPA was thus created to bring about conditions for an
acceptable election, recognising the polarisation and divisions that had characterised Zimbabwe’s politics over the last decade. In its preamble, the parties agreed to act in a manner that demonstrates respect for the democratic values of justice, fairness, openness, tolerance, equality, respect of all persons, and human rights. This, however, has not prevailed. There are four main eras in the modern history of Zimbabwe: pre-independence
(1965–1980), immediately after independence (1982–1985), the economic and political crisis (1998–2008) and the Inclusive Government era (2009 to present day). This Index focuses mainly on the performance of Zimbabwe during the existence of the Inclusive Government from 2009 onwards. This introduction will give a brief background of Zimbabwe’s recent political history, describing the backdrop to Zimbabwe’s current political situation.

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