Zimbabwe’s Amazing Grace

Will President Mugabe's wife be the 90-year-old's successor?

UN Photo: Ryan Brown
Robert Mugabe, seen here at the United Nations in New York last year, has ruled Zimbabwe since the end of the white-minority regime in 1980.
Gwynne Dyer
Published: Wednesday, 12/10/2014 12:00 am EST

Political dynasties tend to thrive mainly in very large democratic countries where name-recognition is a huge asset: think two President Adams, two President Roosevelts, and maybe soon a third President Bush or a second President Clinton in the United States, or the string of Indian prime ministers from the Nehru-Gandhi clan. By contrast, such dynasties are rare in Africa. But there’s an exception to every rule.

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