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Most Zimbabweans fear the 2023 general elections could be bloody 2023 as political tensions between the ruling ZANU-PF and opposition Citizens Coalition for Change (CCC) continue to escalate, research by the Zimbabwe Human Rights Association (ZimRights) has shown.

In its 2021 State of Peace Report launched in Harare and Bulawayo on 23 June, ZimRights said there were adequate indicators on the ground to suggest that the country will plunge into a political crisis next year. The survey was conducted in six provinces and respondents said they expect bloodshed ahead of next year’s polls.

“Zimbabwe is on the brink of what is likely to be a bloody 2023 election. All signals point to that tragic reality,” part of the report read. “It is therefore important that we take time to reflect on what we all can do to build and preserve peace in such a volatile environment.

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