Movement for Democratic Change Alliance

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Movement for Democratic Change Alliance
LeaderNelson Chamisa
Founded6 August 2017
IdeologySocial democracy
Political positionCentre-left

The Movement for Democratic Change Alliance (MDC Alliance) was an electoral bloc formed between seven political parties in Zimbabwe on 6 August 2017.[1]

Three of the member parties were splinters from the original Movement for Democratic Change and each other. The bloc was formed to contest the 2018 election. The MDC Alliance was led by Nelson Chamisa[2] who replaced Morgan Tsvangirai as President of the MDC-T after Tsvangirai died on the 14 February 2018 after a long fight against colon cancer.[3] On 30 July 2018, the alliance went head to head with the Emmerson Mnangagwa-led Zanu PF in Zimbabwe's historic elections. The alliance was narrowly edged by Zanu PF in the presidential election, with Mnangagwa receiving 50.8% of the vote to MDC Alliance's Nelson Chamisa's 44.3%. The election results have received international attention as possible fraud.[4]

After the election, the three member parties who were splinters of the original MDC (MDC-T, MDC-N and PDP) reunited to form a single political party under the name MDC.[5]

Member parties[edit]

Electoral history[edit]

Presidential elections[edit]

Election Party candidate Votes % Result
2018 Nelson Chamisa 2.600.000 44.3% Lost Red XN

House of Assembly elections[edit]

Election Party leader Votes % Seats +/– Position Government
2018 Nelson Chamisa 1,624,875 34.33%
88 / 270
Increase 88 Increase 2nd Opposition

Senate elections[edit]

Election Party leader Votes % Seats +/– Position Government
2018 Nelson Chamisa N/A N/A
25 / 80
Steady Increase 2nd Opposition

References[edit]

  1. ^ Zimbabwe Opposition Launches MDC Alliance Ahead of 2018 General Elections, VOA Zimbabwe
  2. ^ Munhende, Leopold (16 June 2020). "Zimbabwe: Chamisa Dumped By Storm Trooper Leader Shakespeare Mukoyi for Khupe". allAfrica.com. Retrieved 2 July 2020.
  3. ^ Moyo, Jeffrey; Cowell, Alan (14 February 2018). "Morgan Tsvangirai, Longtime Foe of Mugabe in Zimbabwe, Dies at 65". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2 July 2020.
  4. ^ "A crackdown in Zimbabwe exposes the instability of the Mnangagwa regime". 9 August 2018 – via The Economist.
  5. ^ "Chamisa names Ncube, Komichi as deputies, MDC re-unites". 11 September 2018.