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Note to Zimbabwe: hold the champagne

By Lisa Van Dusen      

Robert Mugabe is on his way out, but the road ahead may not lead to democracy.

ZImbabwe's Robert Mugabe, left, pictured with Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni in 2014, is clinging to his 37-year hold on power despite rejection from thousands of protesting Zimbabweans and his own party. UN photograph by Amanda Voisard
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The world reeled in wonder this week as the kleptocratic rule of Robert Mugabe came to an end in the face of Zimbabwe’s belated addition to the list of countries throughout the Middle East and parts of Africa that have adopted genuine democracy since the 2011 Arab Spring. Okay, that’s not entirely true. That lead was actually my first and only attempt at fake news and I can totally see how it could become addictive. But there are indeed similarities

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