The government’s enthusiastic welcome for Robert Mugabe’s successor ignores a brutal crackdown on the opposition
Last November, when news spread through Harare that Robert Mugabe had resigned after 37 years of misrule, joyous crowds poured on to the streets of the Zimbabwean capital. They cheered, sang and even embraced the soldiers whose intervention had forced the departure of the ageing autocrat.
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