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November 29, 2017

Zimbabwe
Robert Mugabe: Icon and Kleptocrat

Zimbabwe’s founding father, Robert Mugabe, ushered his country into independence, then established a tyrannical regime and presided over the destruction of the economy. He was ousted in a November pa…

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November 28, 2017

Zimbabwe
Two Wives, One Robert Mugabe

The Zimbabwe coupmakers are placing all the blame on Robert Mugabe's wife. Grace, however, was known for her shopping, not her politics, and her husband likely used her to try to hold on to power.

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December 5, 2011

Sub-Saharan Africa
Robert Mugabe’s Health

Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe (R) listens as Finance Minister Tendai Biti delivers his budget speech in parliament in Harare, November 24, 2011. (Philimon Bulawayo/Courtesy Reuters) Succession …

Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe (R) listens as Finance Minister Tendai Biti delivers his budget speech in parliament in Harare November 24, 2011 (Philimon Bulawayo/Courtesy Reuters)

May 23, 2017

Sub-Saharan Africa
Health Watch: Zimbabwe’s Robert Mugabe

South African media is reporting that Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe, 93, has “worsening health problems.” Apparently, his wife Grace “is in a quandary: she has to deal with Mugabe’s health challen…

Robert Mugabe on a panel at the World Economic Forum.

November 20, 2017

Zimbabwe
Mugabe Holds On

In the face of expulsion from the ZANU-PF and an impending impeachment vote, Mugabe is still refusing to relinquish power.

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November 18, 2017

Zimbabwe
Mugabe and Mubarak

Robert Mugabe is finally falling from power, after 37 years of vicious dictatorship that ruined his country. Why now? Was it the destruction of the economy? Jailing too many opponents? Too much in…

August 2, 2018

Zimbabwe
Violence Mars Zimbabwe’s First Post-Mugabe Election

The people of Zimbabwe turned out in impressively large numbers—the Zimbabwe Election Commission reported 70 percent of voters turned out—on July 30 to choose a way forward for their country. The election, the first without Robert Mugabe on the ballot, was billed as a chance to close a painful chapter in the country's history, and bring real legitimacy, at last, to the government. It was a moment of hope.

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August 22, 2013

Sub-Saharan Africa
President Robert Mugabe for Five More Years

Emily Mellgard co-authored this post. Emily is the Africa research associate at the Council on Foreign Relations. Robert Mugabe retains his grip on Zimbabwe for another five years. The swearing in c…

Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe and his wife Grace arrive for his inauguration as President, in Harare August 22, 2013.

November 21, 2017

Zimbabwe
Facing Impeachment, Zimbabwe's Mugabe Resigns

President Robert Mugabe of Zimbabwe resigned just as impeachment proceedings against him got under way, ending his 37-year rule.

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January 26, 2017

Sub-Saharan Africa
South Africa’s Economic Freedom Fighters Breaks with Zimbabwe’s Robert Mugabe

South Africa’s Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) is a voice of radical causes, including the expropriation of white-owned land without compensation. It is led by Julius Malema, former head of the Afric…

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