A Fresh Start for Zimbabwe

The nation of Zimbabwe just underwent a change in government. Robert Mugabe is being replaced by Emmerson Mnangagwa. Mnangagwa had been a close ally of Mugabe. However, he had to flee the country after he was dismissed as vice-president. Mnangagwa has close ties with the military and his dismissal may have been the reason the military sent troops to arrest Mugabe. Under the circumstances, Mugabe decided to resign. He is being accused of rigging elections and using violence to repress his opponents. Mnangagwa may not be the hoped-for remedy for eliminating political violence. He is widely believed to be responsible for the Gukurahundi massacres in which up to 20,000 civilians were killed. Robert Mugabe has ruled Zimbabwe since 1980 after an election that replaced the white-dominated Rhodesian government with a largely African one. This was a great victory for anti-colonial progressives. Mugabe has been showered with honorary degrees from universities as far away as Edinburgh,...(Read Full Article)

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