The rehabilitation of Robert Mugabe

Why is the ruling party, ZANU-PF, still backing him as its presidential candidate, given that he has spent the past decade as an international pariah? Ironically, the power-sharing of the past few years has worked to Mugabe’s advantage.

UN Photo: J Carrier
Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe speaking at the United Nations in New York in September 2012.
Gwynne Dyer
Published: Wednesday, 07/31/2013 10:06 am EDT
Last Updated: Wednesday, 07/31/2013 10:27 am EDT

Robert Mugabe, the president of Zimbabwe, is now 89 years old, but he is running for another five-year term in the elections on July 31. Perhaps his optimism is justified, given that his mother died at 100, but why is he doing it? More importantly, why is the ruling party, ZANU-PF, still backing him as its presidential candidate, given that he has spent the past decade as an international pariah?

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