Republican Front

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Republican Front
Leader Ian Smith
Founded 1981
Dissolved 1984
Preceded by Rhodesian Front
Succeeded by Conservative Alliance of Zimbabwe
Headquarters Salisbury
Ideology Conservatism
White minority interests
Right-wing populism
Political position Right-wing
Colours Purple

The Republican Front Party was a political party in Zimbabwe in the 1980s, led by Ian Smith as the continuation of the Rhodesian Front. The name change came on June 6, 1981, as an attempt to distance itself from its policies of the past.[1]

On July 21, 1984, it was renamed the Conservative Alliance of Zimbabwe. At that time the party, which had an all-white membership, asked blacks to join it and oppose the policies of the Robert Mugabe government.[2]


  1. ^ John McLaughlin, "Ian Smith and the Future of Zimbabwe," The National Review, October 30, 1981, pp. 2168-70; William C. Pollard, Jr., A Career of Defiance: The Life of Ian Smith (Topeka, Kans.: Agusan River Publishing Co., 1992), pp. 105-7, 131.
  2. ^ Pollard, p. 112, 131; Facts on File, 1984 ed., p. 574; "Ian Smith Invites Blacks to Join His Party," The New York Times, July 23, 1984, p. A5.