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Exit Mugabe

The scale of Zanu-PF's loss in Zimbabwe's election, along with strong pressure from South Africa, are closing the door on Robert Mugabe's reign

By Stephen Chan   April 2008

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Robert Mugabe, it is said, contemplated conceding defeat with a degree of grace, but was pressured by his army generals to fight to the end. But even with the slow and determined efforts to bias the counting of results in Mugabe’s favour, it steadily became clear that the scale of the rigging required would never win the support of even Zimbabwe’s staunchest and most patient allies. Then the generals discussed a coup, meaning that they themselves would ditch Mugabe, or make him their puppet—which, to an extent, he has been…

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