The Resource Zimbabwe: 2008 Elections and Implications for U.S. Policy

Zimbabwe: 2008 Elections and Implications for U.S. Policy

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Zimbabwe: 2008 Elections and Implications for U.S. Policy
Title
Zimbabwe: 2008 Elections and Implications for U.S. Policy
Contributor
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
On March 29, 2008, Zimbabwe held presidential, parliamentary and local elections. More than a month later, the country's political future remains uncertain. For the first time since independence, the ruling party has lost its majority in the National Assembly. After a month of rising tensions, the results of the presidential race were belatedly announced on May 2. They indicated that opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai had received more votes than the incumbent, President Robert Mugabe, but had failed to garner the 50 percent needed to avoid a runoff. Reports of violence and political repression have increased significantly since the elections, which were held amidst a deepening economic crisis in the Southern African country. Zimbabwe's gross domestic product (GDP) has decreased over 40 percent in the last decade, the inflation rate is estimated at over 165,000 percent, and unemployment is higher than 80 percent. The adult HIV infection rate of 20 percent has contributed to a sharp drop in life expectancy, and more than a third of the population is expected to require food aid in 2008. Deteriorating conditions in the country have led many Zimbabweans to emigrate to neighboring countries, creating a substantial burden on the region. In South Africa, Zimbabwean immigrants and others have recently been the target of xenophobic attacks. President Mugabe's government is seen as autocratic and repressive by its critics, and its human rights record is poor. The regime has suppressed freedom of speech and assembly, and many contend that it restricts access to food, already scarce, in opposition areas. Many regional and international observers suggest the presidential runoff, which the government has postponed until June 27, should not be held amidst the current level of political violence
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DTICE
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no index present
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non fiction
http://library.link/vocab/relatedWorkOrContributorName
  • Blanchard, Lauren Ploch
  • LIBRARY OF CONGRESS WASHINGTON DC CONGRESSIONAL RESEARCH SERVICE
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  • Elections
  • International politics
  • Zimbabwe
  • Government and political science
  • President(U.S.)
  • Assembly
  • Africa
  • Food
  • Political revolution
  • Democracy
  • Inflation(economics)
  • Unemployment
  • Population
  • Life expectancy(service life)
  • Congress
  • United states
Target audience
adult
Label
Zimbabwe: 2008 Elections and Implications for U.S. Policy
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Publication
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Congressional rept
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online resource
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  • cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
23 x 29 cm
Extent
27 pages
Form of item
online
Governing access note
APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • c
Note
Hein Online
System control number
  • (OCoLC)318692292
  • (OCoLC)ocn318692292
Label
Zimbabwe: 2008 Elections and Implications for U.S. Policy
Publication
Note
Congressional rept
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
  • cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
23 x 29 cm
Extent
27 pages
Form of item
online
Governing access note
APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • c
Note
Hein Online
System control number
  • (OCoLC)318692292
  • (OCoLC)ocn318692292

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