Zimbabwe’s disputed election: why resource politics matter

Published on 5 September 2023

Ian Scoones

Professorial Fellow

Here we go again…. Zimbabwe has a disputed election, with all sorts of deeply damaging uncertainties that will follow, perhaps for years.

The final results were announced late at night on 26 August, with Emerson Mnangagwa declared the winner of the presidential poll with 52.6% of the vote, and Nelson Chamisa coming second with 44%. The parliamentary results had already been announced, with ZANU-PF winning 136 seats and the CCC winning 73, importantly denying ZANU-PF a two-thirds majority. The presidential inauguration is happening today.

This article is from Zimbabweland, a blog written by IDS Research Fellow Ian Scoones. Zimbabweland focuses on issues related to rural livelihoods and land reform in Zimbabwe.

Read the full story on the Zimbabweland website

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