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ICG: Zimbabwe - Engaging the Inclusive Government

April 20, 2009

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This ICG brief argues that in order for Zimbabwe's new coalition government to succeed, certain steps must be taken to make the reform process irreversible.

Excerpt: After nearly a year of seemingly endless talks brokered by the Southern African Development Community (SADC), Zimbabwe's long-ruling ZANU-PF party and the two factions of the opposition Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) formed a coalition government in February. Opposition entry into government is a landmark development, and broad segments of the population are optimistic for the first time in years that a decade of repression and decline can be reversed.

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Zimbabwe in Crisis

Speakers: Walter H. Kansteiner and Tom McDonald
Presider: Reed Kramer

Speakers discuss Zimbabwe's fragile coalition government, collapsed economy and the severe cholera epidemic the country faces.