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Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe

What's Next for Zimbabwe?

June 30, 2008 04:06 PM
by findingDulcinea Staff
A chorus of criticism is growing as Robert Mugabe convenes with African Union leaders, shortly after being inaugurated for his sixth term as president of Zimbabwe.

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African leaders are increasing their pressure on Mugabe after last week’s run-off election, for which he was the only candidate, reports Opposition candidate Morgan Tsvangirai had withdrawn days earlier, citing violence against his supporters, and leading international observers to call Mugabe’s election—and indeed the entire process—a sham.

African Union Commission Chairman Jean Ping said more political will is needed to resolve the conflict between the ruling Zimbabwe African National Union-Patriotic Front (Zanu-PF) party and the opposition Movement for Democratic Change, which is calling on African leaders to deny Mugabe’s government recognition.

“Africa must fully shoulder its responsibility and do everything in its power to help Zimbabwe’s parties to work together,” Ping said.

The AU is being urged to mediate talks between Mugabe and the MDC opposition in order to create a transitional state to oversee legitimate elections, but some are advocating even stronger measures against Mugabe.

The Times in South Africa writes that the world should take steps to end Mugabe’s rule, and suggests imposing economic isolation. “There should include a strong global statement that Mugabe’s is an illegitimate government that is not recognized. … He needs to feel the steel of isolation and shame if he is to be forced from office,” the Times argues.

Reuters predicts that Western nations will be reluctant to provide development aid to Zimbabwe unless reforms take place. “The prospects of reversing Zimbabwe’s economic meltdown are slim without a change in government.”

Headline Links: ‘African Leaders Increase Pressure on Mugabe to Share Power’

Background: Former ally condemns Mugabe’s violence against opposition

Opinion & Analysis: ‘Africa Needs to Act Over Zimbabwe’

Related Topics: What’s next for Tsvangirai; a leader worse than Mugabe


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