Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Analysis: Zimbabwe's Mugabe confident on Cabinet

JOHANNESBURG, South Africa: It's a waiting game, and no one is better at outlasting his competition than Zimbabwe's Robert Mugabe.

After a June election that the world derided as a sham, Zimbabwe's longtime president signed a unity government deal with the opposition last month that allows him to keep his job.

But his cronies in the Cabinet who would lose power are now balking. As Zimbabwe descends into financial and humanitarian chaos, Mugabe appears content just to wait for the opposition to yield to his demand for more choice Cabinet seats.

For decades, Mugabe has consistently shown that he is more interested in power than the fate of his people. In contrast, the opposition Movement for Democratic Change is pained by the delays in instituting reforms that could help Zimbabwe's hungry masses.

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