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Vol 50 No 10

Published 15th May 2009


Zimbabwe

Until the stout lady sings

All the party leaders are struggling to keep a grip on their undisciplined comrades

The battle for supremacy within the power-sharing government is taking second place to wrangling for power within the three main parties (AC Vol 50 Nos 8 & 9). At stake is the authority of their leaders - Morgan Tsvangirai, Arthur Mutambara and Robert Mugabe - and perhaps the leadership of the country. All are keenly aware that if Mugabe vacates the presidency for any reason before new elections, an interim successor will be chosen at a joint sitting of the House of Assembly and Senate. For the first time since Independence in 1980, backbenchers of all parties are discovering that they have some power.

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