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Zimbabwe: Mugabe’s mandate renewed in 2013 elections

On 31 July 2013, Zimbabwe’s people went to the polls. The official election results gave Zimbabwe African National Union – Patriotic Front (ZANU-PF) President Robert Mugabe 61 percent of the vote in the presidential poll. The other main candidate in the election, Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai from the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC-T) got 34 percent of the votes.  The main contenders There were five presidential candidates, of which Mugabe and Tsvangirai held the most influence. Their political parties, ZANU-PF and the MDC-T have shared an uneasy coalition government since 2009 under a deal made to end violence after a disputed poll in 2008. Prior to 2008, ZANU-PF’s hold on Zimbabwe effectively made the country a one party state. Eighty-nine year old Mugabe has been president...