Is it all over?

2008-04-30 00:00

At last we may be witnessing the final chapter of Zimbabwe’s drawn-out agony. At the time of writing the final election results have still to be announced, but it looks as though Robert Mugabe is on his way out. I know this has been predicted before, only for some new twist to see hopes evaporate. This Götterdämmerung opera will not be over until the Old Man sings. But this time things do look different.

It suggested that the old regime had capitulated. Even if Mugabe was able to rig a run-off election, he would face the difficult task of trying to govern with a hostile legislature. Not impossible but tortuous. It would mean ruling by presidential decree, effectively declaring himself a dictator, which not even the timid Southern African Development Community (SADC) would be able to condone.

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