Author Archives: Nicole Beardsworth

President Mnangagwa makes his electoral play for international legitimacy

With a date now set for the Zimbabwean election, Nicole Beardsworth assesses President Mnangagwa’s bid, the prospects of free and fair elections and what to make of the opposition post-Tsvangirai.

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Incumbency and elections: the 2019 polls in Botswana and South Africa

Nicole Beardsworth explains why Ian Khama’s retirement and removal of Jacob Zuma in South Africa is not a strengthening of democracy but a means to revive the waning fortunes of their dominant parties.

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The ‘other’ vote: Notes on the forgotten Zambian constitutional referendum

In this post Nicole Beardsworth gives us insights into the poll that people are not talking about: the constitutional referendum in Zambia. Nicole Beardsworth is a South African political analyst and doctoral candidate at the University of Warwick.

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The rise of President Edgar Lungu and the 2015 Zambian elections

Nicole Beardsworth

In this blog Nicole Beardsworth explores what is in store for the government and the country with Edgar Lungu taking the helm as President of Zambia. Nicole Beardsworth is a South African political analyst and doctoral candidate at the University of Warwick.

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Everything to play for? Party politics in Zimbabwe

Nicole Beardsworth

In this blog, Nicole Beardsworth asks how the MDC and ZANU-PF are fairing in the run up to Zimbabwe’s national election. Nicole is a former researcher at the South African Institute of International Affairs (SAIIA) and is currently a Masters candidate at St Antony’s College, University of Oxford.   

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