Zimbabwe’s MDC Alliance has declared a week of prayer and fasting as it hopes for a miracle to topple the ruling Zanu-PF from power. The alliance‚ according to Nelson Chamisa‚ will also on election eve hold an all-night prayer vigil. It will mark a grand finale to the weeks of fasting done by the MDC’s women’s league every Friday for him to win the election. "This whole week‚ from Monday to Saturday‚ there is need for fasting. To all those who can fast‚ please do so and fast for your country. Then on Sunday‚ it should be a national day of prayer. We want to ensure a smooth cross-over‚" said Chamisa. Given the large numbers of potential voters in churches‚ political observers said the church was "fertile hunting ground" for the presidential hopefuls. Zimbabwe is widely regarded a Christian nation and a national population census in 2012 indicated that at least 85% of its nearly 14-million population was Christian. Eldred Masunungure‚ a political science professor at the University of...

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