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Vol 40 No 16

Published 6th August 1999


Zimbabwe

U-turns, screw turns

The ruling party dreams the IMF could help it win the next election

The latest international plan for turning Zimbabwe's economy around looks sound, in narrow economic terms. In narrow political terms, though, it ignores reality, including next year's parliamentary elections and the rock-bottom unpopularity of President Robert Mugabe's government (AC Vol 40 No 14). To make the recovery plan work, Mugabe must junk his most sacred economic and political precepts or else resign. Neither is likely.

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