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Vol 49 No 7

Published 28th March 2008


The sick man of the south

President Mugabe's disastrous stewardship is dragging the region's economy downwards but the leaders are divided on the remedy

Zimbabwe's elections on 29 March raise some hard questions for the region. Member governments and the Chairman of the Southern African Development Community, Zambia's President Levy Mwanawasa, have two big concerns: that the vote rigging by President Robert Mugabe's Zimbabwe African National Union-Patriotic Front will be so crass that the SADC observers will be unable to give the elections a pass mark; and secondly, that electoral disputes will spark violent clashes with the opposition across the country, which will further weaken Zimbabwe's economy, drive more migrants into neighbouring states and perhaps spark regional instability.

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