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Zimbabwe: Will Mugabe Survive 2012?
Zimbabwe’s president, Robert Mugabe, arrives at his party's 12th annual conference in Bulawayo on December 8, 2011, to rally party members behind his campaign to defeat Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai in the election to be held later this year. (JEKESAI NJIKIZANA/AFP/Getty Images)
February 23, 2012
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Robert Mugabe, the man who has ruled Zimbabwe with an iron hand for more than three decades, called for a new presidential election in 2012. But in so doing, he wasn’t inviting a challenge. He was doing what the world’s worst dictators are really good at.Mugabe promised four years ago that he would approve a new constitution by 2013. But in calling for an election to be held first, he's demonstrating his fierce determination to hold onto power. It is expected that any new constitution will include an age limit for presidential candidates. Mugabe, who is 88 years old, would likely be ineligible to run. He clearly wants to secure another six-year term before any new constitution takes effect.
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