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Zimbabwe’s President-elect Emmerson Mnangagwa was Robert Mugabe’s vice president and enforcer. Retuers/Philimon Bulawayo

Zimbabwe’s coup did not create democracy from dictatorship

Violence and uncertainty has followed Zimbabwe's first modern election without Robert Mugabe. That's not surprising: After 38 years of dictatorship, it takes more than a vote to build democracy.
Zimbabwe opposition Movement for Democratic Change leader Morgan Tsvangirai addressing a crowd outside parliament in Harare last year. Reuters/Mike Hutchings

Zimbabwe’s Morgan Tsvangirai: heroic herald of an epoch foretold

But for ZANU-PF's coercion, Tsvangirai could well have ushered in a democratic era in Zimbabwe as the country's second president.

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