Zimbabwe’s first presidential elections without Robert Mugabe on the ballot are likely to end in a crisis requiring mediation by Canada and other neutral members of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) and the international community.
Zimbabwe President ED Mnangagwa inherited former president Robert Mugabe’s sophisticated election rigging machinery, which will likely propel him to victory during the Southern African country’s 2018 harmonized elections, scheduled for July 30th.
Zimbabwe’s first election without Robert Mugabe may produce one of the most gender-imbalanced legislatures in the world. So far, President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s ruling Zanu PF party has fielded only 19 women out of 210 candidates contesting parliamentary seats across the country.
According to the Zimbabwe constitution watchdog Veritas, the three constitutional options available to military following the coup staged by the Zimbabwe Defence Forces this week are: 1) Replacing President Mugabe with a new president 2) Allowing President Mugabe to continue in office and 3) a transitional government or government of national unity.