Hope and Tension Both Run High as Zimbabwe Heads to the Polls

The iron-fisted Robert Mugabe has ruled Zimbabwe for more than three decades. But as millions lined up to vote Wednesday, the authoritarian president has vowed to step down if he loses

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The iron-fisted Robert Mugabe, Zimbabwe’s 33-year-strong president, is facing a familiar challenge at the ballot box. For the third time, prime minister Morgan Tsvangirai will attempt to take control from the authoritarian regime. But following on the heels of 2008′s bloody elections, Mugabe has vowed to step down if his Zanu-PF party loses. Critics remain skeptical about a free and fair election, but that didn’t stop millions from turning out to vote.

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VJSeltzer
VJSeltzer

finally!! This is the photo I tweeted way earlier this morning. Just figured out how to make it appear in our hashtag.

richcolton
richcolton

I predict Mugabe will safely win with 4 billion out of the almost 4 million votes cast.

DanSlaby
DanSlaby

Just like Republican states - long lines of black people waiting to vote at a single polling place.

renfieldc
renfieldc

Zimbabwe's misfortune is its lack of possible oil discovery. It has plenty of valuable mineral deposits, at least what's left of them following the departure of its former owners, like Lohnro and others. Had there been oil, the West would have long ago organised Mugabe's departure, if not his decease.

Mohamed Nicbar
Mohamed Nicbar

It won't b fair. Apparently a lot of dead people are voteing for Robert

Meme Mido
Meme Mido

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rd2hm
rd2hm

@TIME if Edward Snowden did not leak the NSA's actions, would we be having the somewhat open discussions at Senate Judiciary hearing today?

MartianSkywalke
MartianSkywalke

@TIME Why is there an unhealthy focus on Zimbabwe by the West whilst frankly there are worse so called 'democracies' on our doorstep...