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The tragedy of Tsvangirai

Robert Mugabe stole the Zimbabwean election with violence and intimidation. But Morgan Tsvangirai unwittingly helped him. Stephen Chan explains how an opposition leader lost his bearings

By Stephen Chan   August 2008

A bitter defeat: now the real threat to Morgan Tsvangirai may not come from Zanu-PF, but from within his own party

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I left Zimbabwe the day after Robert Mugabe was reinaugurated as president. Watching on state television as the old man swore fealty to the country he has ruined, I packed my bag for the long haul back to London. It is winter now in Zimbabwe, meaning the days are like an English spring in their lightness and warmth, and the nights plunge to just a few degrees above zero.…

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