Briefing from ROAPE Volume 17 Number 48
1990 Zimbabwe Elections: A Post-Mortem
The recent presidential and general elections held in Zimbabwe saw a bitterly contested struggle between the ZANU (Zimbabwe African National Union)-PF and the ZUM (Zimbabwe Unity Movement). This article reviews the election manifestos and electioneering practices of each side against the background of Zimbabwe's post-independence development and its class/ethnic relations. It considers the question of whether ZANU-PF's victory by a huge majority makes Zimbabwe de facto a one-party state.