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Zimbabwe's President for Life

Jul 1, 2016 | 09:15 GMT
Zimbabwe's President for Life
Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe (R) greets Chinese President Xi Jinping on his state visit in Harare. Among the decisions Mugabe's successor will face is whether to continue the strong economic relationship between the two countries.
(JEKESAI NJIKIZANA/AFP/Getty Images)

A withering drought on top of a faltering economy and a financial crisis have not weakened the hold that Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe and his Zimbabwe African National Union-Patriotic Front (ZANU-PF) have on power in the country. The 92-year-old Mugabe is looking ahead to the nation's 2018 elections, and it seems that only his death, or a party revolt, can end his more than three decades in office. Despite those problems, Zimbabwe's government is in no imminent danger of collapse. If anything, ZANU-PF -- in power since the nation's independence from the United Kingdom in 1980 -- is as strong as ever. ...

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