Zimbabwe Referendum Test for SADC's Mediation Efforts
The South African Development Community (SADC) will know in the next few months if its mediation efforts in Zimbabwe have achieved the desired effect, when the country goes to a referendum on a new draft constitution, followed by general elections.
In 2008, SADC mandated South Africa to facilitate talks between President Robert Mugabe, his arch-rival the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) leader, Morgan Tsvangirai, and a smaller break-away MDC faction.
After violent elections, which saw hundreds of people killed and thousands displaced, there was a general gloom was in the air, as the country’s political protagonists engaged in a deadly power struggle.
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