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Newsweek: Mugabe's Last Stand

Author: Scott Johnson
March 31, 2008

Newsweek's Africa Regional Editor Scott Johnson reports on the upcoming election in Zimbabwe and the man who is mounting a daring challenge to Robert Mugabe: Simba Makoni. At 84, Mugabe refuses to ease the grip in which he's held the country since independence in 1980. Like dictators everywhere, he's been sustained by cronies who don't much care what happens to the nation as long as they get their cut. That's why Makoni's political insurgency is so threatening: a former Finance minister, he comes out of Mugabe's inner circle.

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