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Vol 41 No 22

Published 10th November 2000


Zimbabwe

Military minders

The stance of Zimbabwe's 40,000-strong armed forces will be critical in the coming months. At the senior officer level, there is still tremendous loyalty to the ruling Zimbabwe African National Union-Patriotic Front, which is the civilian wing of the two guerrilla armies that almost all the commanders fought with in the liberation struggle. Yet their personal loyalty towards President Robert Mugabe seems to have declined sharply in the past five years - even if there is no clear military favourite to succeed him.

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