FROM Peter Godwin
Poisoned ice cream and the coup against Africa’s oldest dictator A military coup in Zimbabwe has placed its longtime president, Robert Mugabe, under house arrest. The 93-year-old Mugabe has dominated Zimbabwe politics for nearly four decades. In his early years, he was hailed as a leader of the African liberation movement. But he has come to be seen as a brutal dictator running a corrupt government.
How Will the World Respond to Mugabe's Re-Election? Zimbabwe, which used to be called "the breadbasket of Africa," is now an economic basket case, with half the people depending on food aid and inflation pegged at nine million percent. After weeks of bloody political violence and political opposition, the UN Security Council will debate Robert Mugabe's re-election, despite his already having been sworn in. Mugabe is now in Egypt for a summit of the African Union, which may, or may not, play a crucial role in restoring stability to his devastated country. Is there any chance for political reconciliation? Will the opposition try to set up a government in exile? Can international intervention avert an extended bloodbath?
President Mugabe's Advisors Discuss Ceding Power in Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe has run Zimbabwe for 28 years, but it's reported today that his advisors are negotiating a way for him to resign. This comes three days after an election, the results of which have not yet been released. But Mugabe appears to have lost to Morgan Tsvangirai . Peter Godwin, who grew up in Zimbabwe, is author of When a Crocodile Eats the Sun .
Robert Mugabe and the Ruin of Zimbabwe In 1980, Robert Mugabe became the first black leader of Zimbabwe after a seven-year civil war against the rule of white settlers. Based on a solid economy, he made his country the envy of Africa for healthcare, education and per-capita income. That's according to a white reporter, born and raised in Zimbabwe. Zimbabwe will hold a presidential election on Saturday, and 84-year old Mugabe is expected to be re-elected. But it won't be due to popularity or successful administration, says Peter Godwin, author of When a Crocodile Eats the Sun .
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