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Director of world health body cancels job offer to Zimbabwe president

Director of world health body cancels job offer to Zimbabwe president

| October 25, 2017

(GIN)—The Ethiopian director-general of the World Health Organization has rescinded his appointment of President Robert Mugabe as Goodwill Ambassador after four days of heavy international pressure. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, whose own appointment sparked controversy in his home country, had appointed the Zimbabwean leader to the ceremonial position of honor. Tedros, who goes by his first […]

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Mugabe blames Mandela for leaving country to whites

Mugabe blames Mandela for leaving country to whites

| September 20, 2017

(GIN)—Thanks to the former South African leader, “Everything (today) is in the whites’ hands.” That was the harsh judgement of the legacy of President Nelson Mandela heard this week at a rally in Zimbabwe. It provoked a media whirlwind that rocked southern Africa. “The most important thing for (Mandela) was his release from prison and […]

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Weakened Mugabe asked to name successor

Weakened Mugabe asked to name successor

| August 12, 2017

(GIN)—As the field of presidential hopefuls appears to grow by the day, first lady Grace Mugabe is now urging her husband to name a successor to be the next president of Zimbabwe. In a meeting with members of the ruling party’s women’s league this week, Mrs. Mugabe explained that naming a successor “will enable all […]

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Gambia’s once ‘president for life’ quietly concedes defeat

Gambia’s once ‘president for life’ quietly concedes defeat

| December 7, 2016

(GIN)—The prospect of another stolen election by the flamboyant President Yahya Jammeh took a surprise turn this week when the Gambian leader calmly accepted his defeat at the hands of opposition leader, Adama Barrow. In a concession speech broadcast on state TV, Mr. Jammeh declined to contest his loss. “I told you, Gambians, that I […]

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Mass protests against Mugabe called ‘biggest in a decade’

Mass protests against Mugabe called ‘biggest in a decade’

| August 30, 2016

(GIN)—It all started with a flag. Zimbabwe Pastor Evan Mawarire, posting on Twitter in a feed he called “ThisFlag,” was letting off steam about his children’s rising school fees. But, that “steam” ignited a wildfire now raging among Zimbabweans long hungry for leadership change. Exhausted by shortages, unpaid salaries, limits on democratic freedoms, sky-high unemployment […]

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New opposition in Zimbabwe launches campaign

New opposition in Zimbabwe launches campaign

| June 28, 2016

(GIN)—Zimbabwe‘s former vice president, Joice Mujuru, was the headliner at a rally this week in Matabeleland in one of the first public events of the new Zimbabwe People First opposition party. The newly-launched campaign promptly took on the incumbent—President Robert Mugabe—in advance of elections in 2018. Mujuru accused the government of being disinterested in the […]

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Anti-Mugabe movement takes on new life not seen in decades

Anti-Mugabe movement takes on new life not seen in decades

(GIN)—A “Million Men” march in support of President Robert Mugabe that drew thousands in support of the aging leader failed to diminish the impact of an opposition rally last month that brought out thousands of citizens concerned with the country’s troubled economy. Despite his advanced age, President Mugabe has vowed to run for another term […]

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A $5 million prize fails to tempt wealthy African leaders

A $5 million prize fails to tempt wealthy African leaders

| March 8, 2016

(GIN)—Philanthropist Mo Ibrahim is finding it hard to reward a democratically elected African leader who serves his or her constitutionally mandated term (without last minute changes) and demonstrates exceptional leadership. The five million dollar prize is just too small for such a commitment. Money held by some of Africa’s richest leaders outsizes the modest reward […]

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Zimbabwe—Is a dynasty of Mugabes in the works?

Zimbabwe—Is a dynasty of Mugabes in the works?

| February 24, 2016

(GIN)—Robert Mugabe, the world’s oldest president, turned 92 this week without a clear successor. His wife, Grace, however, is grooming herself for the job but will Zimbabweans favor a family dynasty even as the idea seems to have fallen out of favor in the U.S.? Political analysts say Mugabe has no clear intention of handing […]

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Rwanda eases way for ‘president for life’

Rwanda eases way for ‘president for life’

| September 8, 2015

(GIN)—While most African leaders want you to believe they’re for ending the colonial-era practice of rule by a “president-for-life,” Rwanda is one among several moving quietly to embrace it. A petition drive allegedly from Rwandese citizens is urging a constitutional amendment to allow President Paul Kagame to stick around for a third term. Rebuilding Rwanda […]

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