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Vol 44 No 10

Published 16th May 2003


Zimbabwe

Who's next?

The endgame may have begun in Harare but Mugabe is playing it his way

Three busy Presidents had a frustrating time when they visited their colleague Robert Mugabe in Harare on 5 May. Thabo Mbeki of South Africa, Olusegun Obasanjo of Nigeria and Bakili Muluzi of Malawi (who was late) failed to persuade Mugabe to say whether, or when, he intends to step down. This puts the responsibility back where it belongs, with Zimbabwe's own leaders. As the economic crisis deepens and political violence increases, people are scanning the potential successors.

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