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Vol 48 No 23

Published 16th November 2007


Zimbabwe

This time I'm going. No, really

President Mugabe has assured some of his henchmen that he will go next year, but don’t hold your breath

At a sombre gathering before his party's Central Committee meeting on 26 October, President Robert Mugabe solemnly assured some long-time comrades that he would retire from politics within a year. The group included ex-General Solomon Mujuru, Defence Minister Sydney Sekeramayi and the Governor of Mashonaland East Province, Ray Kaukonde. Mugabe implored them to back his re-nomination as presidential candidate in next year's election and not to split the ruling Zimbabwe African National Union-Patriotic Front. Voice of America interview with Patrick Smith: European Union To Send Envoy To Zimbabwe Before Summit

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