Economy key in Zimbabwe polls

Jul 31, 2013, 11:47 AM EDT
A police officer keeps watch as Zimbabweans wait to cast their vote in Mbare township outside Harare July 31, 2013.

Zimbabwe's frail economic recovery hangs in the balance as Robert Mugabe squares up to arch rival, Morgan Tsvangirai, in Wednesday's general elections. "The economy had shrunk by 60% of its value between 2000-2008. [But] our growth was 5.7% in 2009 and between 2010-2011, the averge growth rate in real terms was 9.7%. In fact, we were the fastest growing economy in the world for those two years. Inflation is on average around three percent", said Tendai Biti, Zimbabwe's Finance Minister, to Al Jazeera.