Robert and Grace Mugabe, the feared and friendless stewards of a broken economy, appear to have met their political end at last. So how did it happen?

Stephen Chan recounts how the Mugabes squandered goodwill with years of catastrophic mismanagement and an iron-fisted political style. It was the sudden move against Emmerson Mnangagwa, the vice-president, that broke the dam – an attempt to clear the way for a Grace Mugabe presidency, something few in Zimbabwe wanted to see. But few in the country are celebrating just yet.

The Mugabes’ downfall leaves Mnangagwa in pole position to be the country’s next leader. And as Hazel Cameron explains, he is far from a fresh start. A veteran of Mugabe’s violent government who oversaw some of the country’s worst post-independence atrocities, he may just be the next tyrant to govern a country in dire need of something new.

 

The house of Mugabe crumbles – but it's too soon to celebrate in Zimbabwe

It seemed that Robert Mugabe, the 93-year-old Zimbabwean president, would rule his country until he died – but in the end, his fall was very swift.
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Why a Mnangagwa presidency would not be a new beginning for Zimbabwe

Despite claims to the contrary by the Zimbabwean military spokesperson Major General Sibusiso Moyo, Zimbabwe is in the throes of its first coup d’état since independence in 1980.
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Latin American history suggests Zimbabwe's military coup will turn violent

On Nov. 14, a group of soldiers from the Zimbabwe Defense Forces arrested and detained Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe.
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Mnangagwa and the military may mean more bad news for Zimbabwe

The military has taken control of the national broadcaster, troops are in the streets and the president is being held in a secure environment.
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After coup, will Zimbabwe see democracy or dictatorship?

For decades, Robert Mugabe ruled Zimbabwe in a ruthless, even reckless manner. Over nearly 40 years, he turned the “jewel of Africa” into an economic basket case that’s seen inflation of up to 800 percent.
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