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Zimbabwe: broke again

By Gwynne Dyer       

Zimbabwe was once a prosperous country. It still has ample resources and a relatively well-educated population, and if it could just inspire enough confidence in foreign investors and get control over its huge foreign debts it could start to climb out of the deep hole Mugabe left it in. But for that, it needs an honest, democratically credible government.

Zimbabwe President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s, left, slogan in the July election was supposed to show that the long and destructive reign of dictator Robert Mugabe, overthrown late last year, is really now a thing of the past. The country has been getting steadily poorer for decades now, but this election would be the turning point, writes Gwynne Dyer. Photograph courtesy of Flickr
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