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Monday, December 14, 2009

Crisis in Zimbabwe

The ruling party appears on the brink of disintegration.

His Zimbabwe African National Union Patriotic Front (Zanu PF), which has ruled Zimbabwe since independence from Britain in 1980 is disintegrating into tribal fiefdoms.

The party's 5th National Congress ended on Saturday evening without any agreement on crucial amendments to the party's constitution, which has a bearing on the selection of Mr Mugabe's successor.One of the major constitutional proposals is a demand by party members for the scrapping of a clause that ensures that the party votes along tribal lines for the top posts in the presidium.

Members from the south western parts of the country want the position of party chairman and first vice president reserved for former members of the Patriotic Front - Zimbabwe African People's Union (PF Zapu).

ZAPU is the ruling party of dictator Robert Mughabe. The party can't seem to figure out who will succeed Mughabe. Mughabe has ruled Zimbabwe since 1980. He took a relatively stable country and turned into a banana republic that once had inflation rates in the tens of thousands.

Two years ago, a tainted election lead to a power sharing agreement between Mughabe and Morgan Tsvangirai.

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