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Zimbabweans brace for bleak holidays

2012-12-24 20:01
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Harare - Zimbabweans say they are facing bleak holidays this year amid rising poverty, food and cash shortages and political uncertainty, with some describing it as the worst since the formation of the coalition government in this southern African nation.

President Robert Mugabe, in a four-year-old coalition with former opposition leader Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai, announced an extra public holiday on Monday that has created chaos for holiday shoppers and travellers.

Banks have closed, ATMs have run out of cash and transport services have been paralysed.

With unemployment at 80%, many Zimbabweans have little to celebrate.

This caps a year of political uncertainty, a deadlock in constitutional reforms and calls for elections in coming months, seen as critical for Mugabe, 88, who has ruled since independence from Britain in 1980.

- SAPA

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