President Robert Mugabe, being ushed by his security detail at the African Union meeting in Sharm el Sheik, Egypt on Monday, June 30. Mugabe a once reknown liberator is now facing pressures from the entire world trying to denounce his absolute power.
I am extremely fascinated with the current political happenings taking place in Zimbabwe. I have been following it since the March 29, 2008 presidential election between incumbent, President Robert Mugabe and the Movement for Democratic Change Party candidate, Morgan Tsvangirai. The results of that election (Tsvangirai 49%, Mugabe 43%) did not give Tsvangirai the majority that he needed in order to declare victory, therefore the runoff date was set for June 27 at 7:00A.M.
The three months leading to the runoff shocked the world, especially the neighboring countries in the African Union. Mugabe began sending his thugs into villages threatening those in support of Tsvangirai and then following through. The death toll is estimated to be over 100, and the amount injured to be over 1500.
Tsvangirai dropped out of the runoff five days before, leaving Mugabe to run uncontested. Mugabe was elected to his sixth term and his inaugration was held Friday, June 30.
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