Zimbabweans voted in 2018 in the country's first presidential election without strongman and controversial leader Robert Mugabe, who led the nation for 37 years. The likelihood of the elections taking place was called into doubt following the 2017 coup. Within days after the election, there were protests lead by the opposition party Movement for Democratic Change. The army opened fire on demonstrators and bystanders and killed six people. In the following days, many opposition supporters were arrested, according to opposition leaders and human rights groups.