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Vol 46 No 19

Published 23rd September 2005


Zimbabwe

Radical cheque

In expansive mood after his Caribbean sojourn, 81-year old President Robert Mugabe announced for the first time to journalists at the United Nations summit that he definitely intends to retire at the end of his mandate in 2008. This injected new life into the succession race within the ruling Zimbabwe African National Union-Patriotic Front. It may also stiffen the backbone of party officials to resist his eccentric forays into economic management as Zimbabwe's foreign reserves continue to run on (almost) empty.

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