Patrick Bond and Raj Patel

By a vote of 1.69 million for Robert Mugabe to 1.28 million for Morgan Tsvangirai, the people of Zimbabwe re-elected the Zimbabwe African National Union (Zanu) president last weekend. The Movement for Democratic Change (MDC), founded in September 1999, lost by more than in the last national election, in June 2000 when a small majority of parliamentary seats were taken by the ruling Zanu.

We want to make seven points about the election and its various interpretations, meanings and more