President Emmerson Mnangagwa and the ruling ZANU PF party are poised to triumph in the 2023 general elections, the British-based Economic Intelligence Unit (EIU) has predicted.
In its latest report, the EIU said the ruling party will prevail in the next general election due to its stranglehold on the political landscape.
The EIU also forecasted improvement in Zimbabwe’s economic performance on the back of upturns in power generation, agriculture and mining, among other factors. It said:
The next presidential and legislative elections are due in 2023. We expect President Mnangagwa and Zanu-PF to win, given their stranglehold on the political scene.
… From 2022 onwards the economic crisis will slowly abate, driven by improvements in energy production and in agriculture and mining output. This will improve Zimbabwe’s foreign reserves position, supporting the currency and moderating inflation.
In the last election in 2018, President Mnangagwa secured 50.8 per cent of the vote, enough to avoid a run-off against his main opponent, Nelson Chamisa of the MDC Alliance who secured 44.3 per cent of the vote, with the remainder spread among 21 other candidates.
In the National Assembly, ZANU PF won more than a two-thirds majority, securing 179 out of 270 seats.