02 April 2008 - Viva! Democracy returns to Zimbabwe!
The Movement for Democratic Change has now officially won the Zimbabwean parliamentary elections.
God only knows how.
But here are some theories:
1. Internal dissent within the ruling Zanu-PF complicated attempts to rig the vote.
2. South Africa was able to impose some modicum of good behavior on the Zanu-PF.
3. The MDC was emboldened by Jacob Zuma's victory at the ANC conference in South Africa in December.
4. Thabo Mbeki, ousted from the party leadership, had a freer hand to act in restraining Mugabe (or perhaps finally faced pressure from his party on the issue).
I think reason #3 is the strongest explanation.
Anyway--time to celebrate!