|Republic of Zimbabwe|
Republiki ya Zimbabwe
Coat of Arms
|Motto: "Unity, Freedom, Work"|
| Anthem: Simudzai Mureza wedu WeZimbabwe (Shona)|
Kalibusiswe Ilizwe leZimbabwe (Sindebele)
"Blessed be the land of Zimbabwe"
Location of Zimbabwe.
|Area:||385,252 km² (61st2)|
|Population:||4,805,437 (as of January 29, 2009) (115th)|
|Government:||Semi presidential, parliamentary, consociationalist republic|
– Prime Minister:
– Vice President:
– Deputy Prime Minister:
| Morgan Tsvangirai1|
Morgan Tsvangirai (MDC-T)
|Legislature:||Parliament of Zimbabwe|
– Recognised regional languages:
Zimbabwe, (officially the Republic of Zimbabwe and formerly Southern Rhodesia, the Republic of Rhodesia and Zimbabwe Rhodesia) is a landlocked country located in the southern part of the continent of Africa, between the Zambezi and Limpopo rivers. It is bordered by South Africa to the south, Botswana to the southwest, Zambia to the northwest and Mozambique to the east. The official language of Zimbabwe is English, however the majority of the population speaks Shona; the native language of the Shona people, a Bantu language. Its other native language, Sindebele, is spoken by the Matabele people.
Zimbabwe was since 1980 under the reign of President Robert Mugabe. Human rights abuses and economic mismanagement leading to hyperinflation and impoverishment increased popular support for newly sworn-in Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai and the opposition Movement for Democratic Change – Tsvangirai. However, following a deteriorating situation in the country, the Concert of Democracies intervened militarily by invading Zimbabwe in April 2009, which resulted in the Mugabe regime being removed from power. Since then Tsvangirai has been sworn in as the Provisional President of Zimbabwe, with free, democratic elections set for October 2009.