March 20, 2008

OUTLASTING ANOTHER ONE:

Robert Mugabe grip on power rocked by surging opposition (Jan Raath, 3/21/08, Times of London)

With elections only eight days away, President Mugabe looks like being overwhelmed by a wave of support for the opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai as the 84-year-old leader's grip on power falters.

Mr Tsvangirai's formidable backing in Zimbabwe's urban areas has been consolidated since the election campaign began five weeks ago and now, after a series of forays into the poverty-stricken rural areas where the ruling Zanu (PF) party has hitherto held control, it is clear that Mr Mugabe has a fight on his hands there, too.

On Wednesday Mr Tsvangirai pushed into Mashonaland West, Mr Mugabe's home province, to draw mostly large crowds of exultant peasants responding to his chant of chinja! - Shona for change - in a region where until very recently it would have been almost impossible for his faction of the Movement for Democratic Change to campaign.

Posted by Orrin Judd at March 20, 2008 8:42 PM
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Mugabe will cheat, of course.

But at least the MDC campaigns, and doesn't boycott like some silly people.

Posted by: John Thacker at March 21, 2008 12:42 AM
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