The downturn to Zimbabwe's fortunes can be traced back to the Lancaster agreements in which Britain, as the former colonial power, agreed to pay for the reacquisition of land held by British settlers. The British, however, went back on this agreement, as it has been speculated that the Zimbabwean President refused to allow this to be used to exercise undue control over the State of Zimbabwe. Even after independence, the majority of arable land remained in the hands of White Settler farmers. With no means to finance his land reform policies, Mugabe's supporters then went about forcefully occupying the land.
The issue of land in Zimbabwe led to many of its difficulties, internally and internationally. After much social upheaval, with many Zimbabweans fleeing to neighbouring countries, the dominant Zanu-PF party and MDC-T under Tsvangirai agreed to share power in a multi-party government.
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