Zimbabwe Analyst Predicts ‘Photo Finish’ Race for Opposition Against Ruling Zanu-PF

Dr. Alex Magaisa, a Zimbabwe lawyer and Reagan-Fascell Fellow at the National Endowment for Democracy predicts a tough race for the ruling Zanu-PF party given the strong opposition.

The Nomination Court Thursday cleared 23 presidential candidates, including Nelson Chamisa of the MDC Alliance.

The role of the army in bringing President Emmerson Mnangagwa to power remains a concern for many analysts in the U.S. who believe they will not serve under a civilian leader. Patrick Merloe of the National Democratic Institute, says the government has to ensure the army respects the people’s will.

The man who deposed longtime President Robert Mugabe is literally wearing his campaign promises on his sleeve six weeks before a historic election: Fight corruption, develop the economy, re-engage with the rest of the world and create jobs.

Emmerson Mnangagwa’s colorful blazer, which also bears his portrait below the shoulder, resembles a model worn by Mr. Mugabe, the man he served for 37 years before ousting him in a military intervention in November.

Source: AP and VOA