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Vol 54 No 19

Published 20th September 2013


Mugabe shuffles the pack, again

The new cabinet is ill-equipped to face the economic and diplomatic challenges ahead but promotes some moderates and brings in some youthful talent

It took President Robert Mugabe and his advisors the best part of a month to name a cabinet that mainly redistributes the top jobs to the old political elite, sidelines some of the more bumptious elements but brings in a younger and more business-savvy generation of junior ministers. Some suggest this is Mugabe's last attempt at political renewal. By giving younger members of the Zimbabwe African National Union-Patriotic Front some political experience, he may be preparing them for elevation to the cabinet while organising the retirement of the more troublesome old guard.

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