Morgan Tsvangirai, the 2002 recipient of the IAPC Democracy Medal, will be the Keynote Speaker at the IAPC’s Paris Conference. Speaking on Monday morning, November 8th, the Prime Minister will address the conference theme of Campagnes Sans Frontieres in general while also addressing the specifics of the current situation in Zimbabwe.
“I am pleased that we can confirm the Prime Minister’s participation in the Paris Conference” –stated Michael Sacks, longtime IAPC member from South Africa.
In a power sharing arrangement, Tsvangirai was sworn in as Prime Minister of Zimbabwe in February 2009 after a series of contentious elections. In 2002, as the candidate for The Movement for Democracy he lost to Robert Mugabe. In the 2008 elections, Mr. Tsvangirai garnered 47.8% of the vote according to the official results, placing him ahead of Robert Mugabe. Fearing widespread violence and intimidation by government supporters and that the elections would not be fair, Mr. Tsvangirai withdrew as a candidate from the second round of elections.
In a September 24th interview with The Economist magazine, the Prime Minister discussed the challenges and progress that he has made in rebuilding Zimbabwe since taking office a year and half ago. This short interview can be seen here.