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Vol 48 No 7

Published 30th March 2007


Trouble in the neighbourhood

Most countries in the region now want to see President Mugabe's early departure and will start to say so loudly

The timing could hardly be better or the message clearer. Just as President Robert Mugabe touched down at Dar es Salaam airport for the Extraordinary Summit of the Southern African Development Community, the Harare police were arresting Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) leader Morgan Tsvangirai and ten other activists. He was later released, this time unscarred. The present flurry of activity started after Tsvangirai was badly beaten when police broke up an opposition demonstration on 11 March (AC Vol 48 No 6). If any of Mugabe's fellow Presidents had harboured illusions about his willingness to vacate State House, they were quickly disabused.

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