The country's hope now rest on a fledgling power-sharing government between President Robert Mugabe and former opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai.
One analyst argued that with Mugabe's dominance broken by the March 29 poll last year, the country has reason to be hopeful.
"It brought a sense of hope after ZANU-PF lost its majority in parliament and Robert Mugabe lost an election for the first time since 1980. The era of political hegemony is over," said Eldred Masunungure, a political scientist from the University of Zimbabwe.
The unlikely team have revived optimism in the hyperinflation battered country which has switched to the US dollar and the South African rand.
Within days of the formation of the new government with Tsvangirai as prime minister, state schools and hospitals re-opened and food has begun to appear on empty supermarket shelves.