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Zimbabwean President Emmerson Mnangagwa

Zimbabwe’s Mnangagwa faces political, social and economic crises

  • President Mnangagwa has tried to reform Zimbabwe’s economy and politics
  • He faces resistance from Vice President Chiwenga, who leads the military
  • Reforms are likely to take a back seat to Mnangagwa’s consolidation of power

“Operation Restore Legacy,” or the coup that was supposedly not a coup, marked the end of President Robert Mugabe’s long dictatorship in Zimbabwe. Huge protests against Mr. Mugabe had been ongoing for two years amid a deep economic crisis. What finally led to his ouster, however, was concerted action by two institutions that had sustained his rule for decades: the army, led by General Constantino Chiwenga, and the ZANU-PF party, led by Emmerson Mnangagwa.

The period between the coup, in November 2017, and elections held on July 30, 2018, was characterized by a sense of cautious optimism about Zimbabwe’s prospects. President Emmerson Mnangagwa, once Mr. Mugabe’s right-hand man, radically changed the official rhetoric.

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 Teresa Nogueira Pinto
Meaningful change depends on the president’s ability to assert control over the ZANU-PF party
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What's inside
  • President Mnangagwa has tried to reform Zimbabwe’s economy and politics
  • He faces resistance from Vice President Chiwenga, who leads the military
  • Reforms are likely to take a back seat to Mnangagwa’s consolidation of power
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  • Report is targeted to the decision makers in cross country manufacturing – suppliers, manufacturers, logistics.
  • Also considered useful for the administrative university facilities, to better understand the possibe effects of current decisions.
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