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Mugabe’s last gasp

Zimbabwe's economy is in meltdown. Can Mugabe's successor learn from China?

By Stephen Chan   June 2006

In the early 1980s, South Africa was run by a state security council—answerable to the president and higher than the cabinet. All domestic and international priorities were directed against the encroachment of majority rule from the surrounding black states and the growth of dissent at home. One of the historic moments that precipitated the emergence of the council was the independence of Zimbabwe under Robert Mugabe in 1980.

This April, with inflation running at 900 per cent and rising, Mugabe announced a Zimbabwe national security council. The major player in the new council will be the Central Intelligence Organisation (CIO),…

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