Democracy in Zimbabwe: The Presidential Bid of Morgan Tsvangirai Harvard Case Solution & Analysis

In early 2002, the world's attention turned to the upcoming elections in the southern African nation of Zimbabwe. After regarded as a model of relative prosperity and potential, as well as democracy in sub-Saharan black Africa, the country faces political violence, the AIDS epidemic, as well as food and fuel shortages, long ruled by President Robert Mugabe, the one-time revolutionary leader that once been white ruled Rhodesia. This case focuses on the political strategies and campaigns of the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC), the opposition party led by former trade union leader Morgan Tsvangirai. MDC faced with the difficult task of peaceful and successful campaign, despite the fact that they were widely regarded throughout the world as more anti-democratic steps taken by Mugabe, including land seizures of white farms and potential fraud. Tsvangirai must balance the desire to win with concern for his personal safety, care for the stability in Zimbabwe, and the long-term prospects for the MDC and democracy in Zimbabwe. HKS Case Number 1655.0 "Hide
by Susan Rosegrant, Merilee Grindle 15 pages. Publication Date: 01 May 2002. Prod. #: HKS487-PDF-ENG

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