In 1980after Zimbabwe got its freedom it was ruled by Mugabe. And it is said that he used to win the elections by unfair method.

My question to you is that, in democracy there are free and fair election. But in Zimbabwe it was not. But it is still said as democratic country. Why ?   

Asked by Smita | 6th Sep, 2015, 11:09: AM

Expert Answer:

In the strictest sense of the term, Zimbabwe is indeed a democracy. Despite the oppressive nature of the ZANU-PF and the autocratic aspirations of its leader Robert Mugabe, elections were held relatively regularly and albeit conducted through unfair means, voters voted. Also, though all opposition to the goverment is muzzled with the use of state apparatus, Mugabe could not outlaw it for the want of public approval. This means that even though officially Zimbabwe is a democracy, it is not necessarily a functioning democracy.  While all forms of opposition is suppressed, it is not outlawed outrightly. If the people decide to upstage the sham of the 'democratic rule', they still can, although they might have to face both overt and covert forms of government repression.

Answered by Akanksha Kaul | 6th Sep, 2015, 04:07: PM

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