Zimbabwe

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Robert Mugabe is the President of Zimbabwe. He is forced into an uneasy coalition with Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai after the 2008 elections are disputed. The two leaders, along with Welshman Ncube, heads of the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) will review the unity government and decide on when to hold elections in Zimbabwe.

Zimbabwe in 2011

  • In January 2011, Zimbabwe Finance Minister Tendai Biti said that there will be a potential bloodbath and violence if elections are held during the year. He said that indications of potential violence are already visible. He asked the international community to put in measures to prevent this.
  • On January 23, 2011, President Mugabe said that he will push for elections if the power-sharing government fail to agree on a new constitution.
  • On January 24, 2011, United States Ambassador to Zimbabwe, Charles Ray says Mugabe alone cannot say when and how elections are to be held but 'ideally, that should be all Zimbabweans have a say on the fate of the country'.
  • On January 25, 2011, Mugabe threatened to dissolve the parliament and call for elections if he reaches a stalemate with his coalition partners.
  • Media reports on January 28, 2011 say that Political Affairs Department of Human Rights, Elections, Peace and Security of the African Union is undertaking to lobby President Mugabe and his former ruling ZANU-PF party to agree to put off new elections until 2013. South African President Jacob Zuma who is a mediator in Harare on behalf of the Southern African Development Community is a key person to pressure the Zimbabwean top-brass.
  • February 19, 2011: Reports say President Robert Mugabe and Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai will hold talks after the two gave different positions on polls.
  • February 26, 2011: GPA Implementation First Before Polls - MDCs; Elections shoud be supervised by SADC forces - Dabengwa