Articles on Robert Mugabe

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Zimbabwe opposition Movement for Democratic Change leader Morgan Tsvangirai addressing a crowd outside parliament in Harare last year. Reuters/Mike Hutchings

Zimbabwe’s Morgan Tsvangirai: heroic herald of an epoch foretold

But for ZANU-PF's coercion, Tsvangirai could well have ushered in a democratic era in Zimbabwe as the country's second president.
Jacob Zuma, president of South Africa. There are renewed calls for citizens to directly elect their president and other representatives. Reuters/Sumaya Hisham

South Africa needs electoral reform, but president’s powers need watching

Changing the South African system to allow for direct election would require the country to look carefully at how a directly elected president should be held accountable to parliament.
A strong judiciary isn’t enough to keep democracy in place. Kenya’s Supreme Court decision nullifying the re-election of Uhuru Kenyatta is a case in point. Reuters/Baz Ratner

A year of illusions: five things we learnt about democracy in Africa in 2017

The past 12 months provided further evidence of the danger of democratic backsliding in Africa. But it also saw powerful presidents suffer embarrassing setbacks in a number of countries.
Chinese President Xi Jinping reviews the guard of honour on a state visit to Zimbabwe. Reuters/Philimon Bulawayo

Why the focus on China’s role in Mugabe’s fall missed the bigger picture

A narrow interest in whether Beijing actively pushed for Mugabe’s fall is based on the assumption that the China-Africa relationship is an isolated phenomenon.
Zimbabwe’s Defence Force has taken control of the country’s political affairs. Philimon Bulawayo/Reuters

After Mugabe: why the role of Zimbabwe’s army can’t be trusted

By intervening in Zimbabwe's politics the military could plunge the country into a prolonged period of uncertainty. Could President Emmerson Mnangagwa be its saviour?

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