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FP: Threading the Needle

Authors: Tom Woods, and Roger Bate
May 2009

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Tom Woods and Roger Bate recommend ways to boost Zimbabwe's rapidly deteriorating state without strengthening President Robert Mugabe.

Excerpt: Slowly but surely, Zimbabwe is showing signs of life. A unity government that married the opposition Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) and President Robert Mugabe's ruling Zanu-PF was finally created earlier this year. And though a bitter and crippling power struggle continues, often publicly, there is one profound difference that gives hope: Individuals in positions of authority are now actively trying to help the people of this shattered country. The MDC leader-turned-prime minister, Morgan Tsvangirai, seems keenly aware that he is in a race against time. But as he put it during May Day rallies, "This government is broke," and it's increasingly clear that without serious reform, help may not be on the way.

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