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War is Boring: Zimbabwe's Peace Hinges on Faltering Unity Government

Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2010

A coalition government formed early last year is seen by many Zimbabweans as the last hope for a country that has long teetered on the edge of open conflict. In February 2009, the opposition Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) party agreed to form a fragile unity government with the Zimbabwe African National Union -- Patriotic Front (Zanu-PF), the party of long-time autocrat, President Robert Mugabe.

The two parties' power-sharing deal, brokered by the Southern African Development Corporation, was meant to head off potential widespread violence following disputed presidential and parliamentary elections in March 2008. The election, in which Mugabe finished second and Zanu-PF lost control of parliament, led to a violent crackdown, with Mugabe and his supporters essentially suspending the democratic process in order to retain power. ...

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