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Jul 31, 2013

Zimbabweans face third Mugabe-Tsvangirai showdown

HARARE (Reuters) – Zimbabweans go to the polls on Wednesday in a fiercely contested election pitting President Robert Mugabe against Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai, who has vowed to push Africa’s oldest leader into retirement after 33 years in power.

With no reliable opinion polls, it is hard to say whether the 61-year-old Tsvangirai will succeed in his third attempt to unseat the 89-year-old Mugabe, who has run the southern African nation since independence from Britain in 1980.

Jul 29, 2013

Zimbabwe campaign ends with PM pushing Mugabe to retirement

HARARE (Reuters) – Zimbabwe Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai vowed to pack entrenched President Robert Mugabe off into retirement at a thunderous final campaign rally on Monday, capping a high-spirited election race that has gone down to the wire.

With no reliable opinion polls, it is hard to say whether 61-year-old Tsvangirai will succeed on Wednesday in his third attempt to unseat his 89-year-old rival, who has run the southern African nation since independence from Britain in 1980.

Jul 23, 2013

Facebook blogger goads Zimbabwe’s ruling party

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) – A mysterious Facebook blogger purporting to be a disgruntled “Deep Throat” in President Robert Mugabe’s party has become an unlikely election campaign star in Zimbabwe, attracting 275,000 online followers and the fury of the ZANU-PF establishment.

With a daily stream of social tittle-tattle, outrageous personal slurs and explosive – if true – political allegations, “Baba Jukwa” ( here ) has created an unprecedented stir in the run-up to the July 31 poll.

Jun 26, 2013

Mandela still critical, Zuma cancels Mozambique trip

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) – South African President Jacob Zuma canceled a trip to neighboring Mozambique on Thursday, intensifying speculation about a deterioration in the health of anti-apartheid leader Nelson Mandela, who remains critically ill in hospital.

Zuma made his decision not to leave the country after visiting the 94-year-old late on Wednesday in the Pretoria hospital where he has been receiving treatment for a lung infection for nearly three weeks.

Jun 23, 2013

Mandela’s health worsens, condition now ‘critical’

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) – Former South African president Nelson Mandela’s condition deteriorated to “critical” on Sunday, the government said, two weeks after the 94-year-old anti-apartheid leader was admitted to hospital with a lung infection.

The worsening of his condition is bound to concern South Africa’s 53 million people, for whom Mandela remains the architect of a peaceful transition to democracy in 1994 after three centuries of white domination.

Jun 14, 2013

Anti-Mugabe hackers attack website of South Africa’s ruling ANC

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) – Hackers opposed to Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe took out the website of the African National Congress (ANC) on Friday, accusing South Africa’s ruling party of a corrupt and bloodstained relationship with the former British colony’s leader.

The group also said it had successfully attacked the website of Zimbabwe’s Ministry of Defense “for the genocide slaughter of 20,000 ndebele people”.

Jun 10, 2013

Mandela’s condition remains ‘serious but stable’

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) – Former South African president and anti-apartheid hero Nelson Mandela remained in hospital for a third day on Monday with a lung infection and his condition was “serious but stable”, unchanged from the weekend, the government said.

In a two-sentence statement, President Jacob Zuma repeated his call for the country to pray for the ailing 94-year-old, who became the first black leader of Africa’s biggest economy after historic all-race elections in 1994.

Jun 8, 2013

Mandela in “serious” condition in hospital

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) – Former South African president and anti-apartheid hero Nelson Mandela was in a “serious but stable” condition on Saturday after being taken to hospital with a recurrence of a lung infection, the government said.

The 94-year-old, who became the first black leader of Africa’s biggest economy in 1994 after historic all-race elections, has been in hospital three times since December. He has been battling the infection for several days, a statement said.

Jun 8, 2013

Nelson Mandela in “serious” condition in hospital

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) – Former South African president and anti-apartheid hero Nelson Mandela was in a “serious but stable” condition on Saturday after being taken to hospital with a recurrence of a lung infection, the government said.

The 94-year-old, who became the first black leader of Africa’s biggest economy in 1994 after historic all-race elections, has been in hospital three times since December. He has been battling the infection for several days, a statement said.

May 31, 2013

S.Africa’s Zuma takes a drubbing for run on rand

JOHANNESBURG, May 31 (Reuters) – The next time South African
President Jacob Zuma wants to talk up the economy, he might do
better to hold his tongue.

On Friday, a day after convening a “special” news conference
to try to stem this month’s dramatic slide in the rand and in
investor confidence in Africa’s biggest economy, Zuma found
himself being pilloried for doing the exact opposite.