After years of political wrangling, Zimbabwe’s power-sharing government announced in mid-January an agreement on a new constitution, setting the stage for a constitutional referendum and general elections in the coming months. While progress on the constitution is a welcome step forward for institutional and democratic reforms, President Robert Mugabe’s continued grip on the country’s coercive apparatus and disregard for formal institutions mean that a new constitution will likely be insufficient to avert another round of electoral violence in Zimbabwe.
The compromise draft document, which curtails the power of the executive, among other changes, enjoys support from all parties in the unity government -- Mugabe’s Zimbabwe African National Union-Patriotic Front (ZANU-PF), Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai’s Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) and the smaller MDC faction currently led by Welshman Ncube. ...
To read the rest, sign up to try World Politics Review
- TWO WEEKS FREE.
- Cancel any time.
- After two weeks, just $11.99 monthly or $94.99/year.
Request a free trial for your office or school. Everyone at a given site can get access through our institutional subscriptions.
- How Illegal Fishing Threatens Development and Security
- Diplomatic Fallout: Will Libya, Nigeria Trigger Nation-Building’s Comeback in 2015?
- The Logic Behind Boko Haram’s Brutal Attacks in Nigeria
- Political Violence Tests Burundi’s Stability Ahead of Elections
- Diplomatic Fallout: No Shortage of Potential Work for International Peacekeepers in 2015