After protracted political negotiations to resolve Zimbabwe’s chronic political impasse, which were facilitated by former South African President Thabo Mbeki under the auspices of the Southern African Development Community (SADC), a tripartite agreement was signed by incumbent President Robert Mugabe of the Zimbabwe African National Union-Patriotic Front (ZANU-PF), Morgan Tsvangirai of the main Movement for Democratic Change (MDC-T) and Arthur Mutambara of the splinter MDC-M formation. The Global Political Agreement (GPA) was a framework for the three partners to work together to resolve the country’s multi-layered crisis and the institutional framework was inaugurated with the formation in February 2009 of a coalition government commonly referred to as the Inclusive Government (IG). The IG received a mixed reception from the Zimbabwe public, with some praising it while others condemned it as a poor substitute for a democratically elected government. Afrobarometer sought the public’s adjudication on this matter by asking Zimbabweans their opinions on a number of issues relating to the IG. This Briefing Paper presents the survey’s findings.
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