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end of a road: The 2013 elections in Zimbabwe
October 01, 2013
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Political Agreement (GPA), which set out to prepare the political
process for a generally acceptable election after the debacle
of June 2008, was marked by severe contestations all too characteristic
of the battle for the state that constituted the politics of the
agreement. At almost every stage of the agreement intense conflicts
over the interpretation of the accord left their debris on the political
terrain, at the heart of which was the meaning of ‘sovereignty.’
Around this notion, Zanu-PF in particular wove dense layers of political
discourse, combined with the coercive use of the state that it continued
to control. The major aim of this strategy on the part of Zanu-PF,
was to manipulate and stall the reform provisions in the GPA, regroup,
and reconfigure its political resources after plunging to the nadir
of its legitimacy in the 2008
In 2009, Solidarity
Peace Trust (SPT) published a monograph2 that provided a comprehensive
overview of the GPA, setting out its central dynamics and the key
structures and processes involved in the politics of this period.
The aim of this report is not to repeat the analysis provided in
that book, but to provide succinct coverage of the election that
brought that agreement to a close. Moreover the report will also
provide some pointers to the future of Zimbabwean politics.
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