A rigged election in Zimbabwe

    POLITICS: With the country at a crossroads, Zimbabwe attempts to hold its first post-Mugabe elections.

    In 2017 Robert Mugabe, the longtime dictator of Zimbabwe, was removed from power. A sigh of relief was heard coming from many observers, and there was real hope for freedom and democracy making its way into another African country.

    The year after, in July 2018, elections were called to continue the process towards a truly democratic society. One presidential candidate was Emmerson Dambudzo Mnangagwa that served as Mugabe’s close advisor and vice-president and represented the same ZANU-PF party. Still, there were several other able and qualified candidates for the top post. The 2018 elections had the potential to become the test trial for the new democracy, and obviously, the event attracted a lot of international interest.
    Among the observers was Danish screenwriter and director Camilla Nielsson. She went to Zimbabwe to witness the country’s first «fair» election, and now her documentary on the event . . .

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    Hans Henrik Fafner
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