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South Africa on tenterhooks as Zuma to respond to ouster push

Johannesburg, South Africa | AFP | South Africans were on tenterhooks Wednesday as their scandal-tainted President Jacob Zuma was expected to respond to his party’s decision to “recall” him from office in an atmosphere of growing political turmoil. The embattled president, who could be ousted in a parliamentary vote of …

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S.Africa political deadlock as Zuma clings to power

Johannesburg, South Africa | AFP | South Africa’s political impasse deepened on Saturday with no resolution to extended talks over President Jacob Zuma’s expected departure from office after his own party called for him to resign. Cyril Ramaphosa, the president-in-waiting, and the ruling ANC party have said negotiations should be …

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Zimbabwe white farmers see opportunity in Mugabe exit

Beatrice, Zimbabwe | AFP | Standing outside the gates of the farmhouse from which he was evicted in 2008, white Zimbabwean Deon Theron knows he will never get his land back. But he does believe that Robert Mugabe’s fall after almost 40 years in power could lead the new government …

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Zimbabwe court rules military takeover legal

Harare, Zimbabwe | AFP | A Zimbabwe High Court has ruled that the military takeover that led to Robert Mugabe’s ousting was legal, raising immediate concerns about judicial independence under the country’s new administration. Army chiefs put military vehicles on the streets of Harare and placed veteran leader Mugabe, 93, under …

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Mnangagwa: More of the same for suffering Zimbabwe?

Harare, Zimbabwe | AFP | Even before Robert Mugabe’s resignation, many Zimbabweans tempered their yearning for his downfall with the knowledge that his likely successor has a similar reputation for brutality and corruption. Emmerson Mnangagwa, who until recently was one of Mugabe’s longest-serving and closest allies, will be sworn in …

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Zimbabwe awaits new leader after Mugabe’s shock exit

Harare, Zimbabwe | AFP | Zimbabweans waited Wednesday to discover when their new leader would be appointed after president Robert Mugabe’s resignation brought a sudden end to a 37-year reign of authoritarian rule. Mugabe’s tenure ended in an announcement at a special joint session of parliament where MPs had convened …

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Zimbabwe lawmakers begin historic debate on Mugabe impeachment

Harare, Zimbabwe | AFP | Zimbabwe’s parliament on Tuesday began debating impeachment proceedings against President Robert Mugabe, the country’s sole leader since independence 37 years ago. As the 93-year-old autocrat faced intensifying pressure to quit, southern Africa’s regional bloc announced it was dispatching the presidents of Angola and South Africa …

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Impeachment motion looms against Mugabe

Harare, Zimbabwe | AFP | Zimbabwe’s ruling party is to launch impeachment proceedings Tuesday against President Robert Mugabe, in the latest bid to oust the 93-year-old strongman still clinging to power after 37 years in office. A military takeover last week was followed by huge street protests against the authoritarian …

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ANGOLA: 40 years of total control

How the reign of Dos Santos shaped Angola Angolans endured a bloody civil war and extreme poverty as for nearly 40 years power rested solely in the hands of autocratic President Jose Eduardo dos Santos.  State radio’s announcement that he will stand down next year appears to be the beginning …

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