Zimbabwe: A future finely balanced between democracy and militarisation

President Emmerson Mnangagwa, who was declared the winner of the disputed 2018 presidential election by the Constitutional Court after initially grabbing power through a military coup, is unlikely to bring real democracy and stop further militarisation in Zimbabwe.

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Zimbabwe beware: the military is looking after its own interests, not democracy

The Zimbabwe military’s coup against Robert Mugabe was not about political liberalisation and democracy. Gen. Constantino Chiwenga and other military commanders staged the “smart coup” to a) save the ruling Zanu PF party from disintegration b) install Emmerson Mnangagwa as Mugabe’s successor and c) safeguard their own personal and economic interests.

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