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In Focus Zimbabwe Th e make or break elections After years of economic sanctions imposed by the West, Zimbabwe desperately needs help getting back on its feet. With the country poised to go to the polls later this year,Baffour Ankomah looks at how political developments have unfolded in recent years and wonders if a new government can improve international confi dence and attract much-needed investment From the outside, the received wisdom is From the inside, however, the picture is 88-year-old long-serving president want to that Zimbabwe’s politics is a messy affair. very different. The country is planning for cling on to power when a dignifi ed depar- A long-serving president does not want to both presidential and parliamentary elec- ture could give the country a new opportu- relinquish power; the opposition is har- tions. Though the date is yet to be fi xed, in- nity to bounce back? assed; civil society organisations are not dications are that it might be in the second According to insiders, it is partly because welcome; human rights violations abound; half of this year. of exogenous factors (the ‘nationalists’ in the press is muzzled; and personal freedoms Will President Robert Mugabe run again? the country fear that a regime change in- are at risk. The short answer is yes. Yet, why would the fl uenced by foreign powers will not be in 60 lwww.global-briefing.org first quarter 2013global


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