Does a New Opposition Coalition in Zimbabwe Have Any Hope of Defeating Mugabe?

Soldiers carry a portrait of Zimbabwe's president, Robert Mugabe, during the country's 37th independence celebrations, Harare, April, 18, 2017 (AP photo by Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi).
Soldiers carry a portrait of Zimbabwe's president, Robert Mugabe, during the country's 37th independence celebrations, Harare, April, 18, 2017 (AP photo by Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi).
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The political opposition in Zimbabwe to President Robert Mugabe is about to test the old adage that the enemy of my enemy is my friend. On April 19, two opposition leaders—former Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai and former Vice President Joice Mujuru—announced that they would seek to create a coalition in an effort to deny Mugabe another five-year term in 2018. But will it succeed where successive efforts have failed? In theory, defeating Mugabe should not be terribly difficult. He has led Zimbabwe as president or prime minister since 1980. Under his watch, the country has gone from being one of […]

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