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Zim govt accused of intimidation

President Robert Mugabe's supporters have used violence to intimidate opponents in the run-up to next week's Zimbabwe election, undermining chances of a fair poll, Human Rights Watch said on Wednesday. Mugabe faces the strongest challenge to his 28-year rule in presidential, parliamentary and municipal elections on March 29.

Mugabe rival denies ‘puppet’ tag

A former finance minister challenging Robert Mugabe for the presidency denied on Sunday he was a Western puppet and said such accusations were to divert attention from Zimbabwe's economic meltdown. Simba Makoni is running as an independent candidate after being expelled from the ruling Zanu-PF party.

Mugabe faces serious election challenge

Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe is facing the most serious challenge to his 28-year rule as candidates, including his own former finance minister, register on Friday for a March 29 general election. Detractors accuse Mugabe of destroying the economy of this once-prosperous country and rigging the last three major elections.

Zim’s ruling party expels Mugabe challenger

Zimbabwe's ruling party on Wednesday formally expelled a former ally of President Robert Mugabe for launching a challenge to the veteran leader in next month's elections, a Zanu-PF official said. Veterans of the country's liberation war have branded former finance minister Simba Makoni a traitor after he entered the race on Tuesday.

Zim veterans slam Mugabe challenger

Veterans of Zimbabwe's liberation war warned a former ally of President Robert Mugabe who will run against him in next month's elections that he was a traitor, government newspapers reported on Wednesday. Former finance minister Simba Makoni, a senior member of the ruling Zanu-PF, entered the presidential race on Tuesday.

Zim ruling party to endorse Mugabe for 2008 vote

Zimbabwe's ruling Zanu-PF party will formally endorse President Robert Mugabe this weekend as its candidate for re-election next year, a choice that critics say will prolong the economic crisis ravaging the country. Mugabe (83) has overcome a half-hearted attempt by some top Zanu-PF officials to force him to retire before the March 2008 poll.

Zim vets in ‘million-man’ Mugabe march

Thousands of Zimbabwean war veterans gathered in Harare on Friday to lead a ''million-man march'' in support of President Robert Mugabe's bid to extend his rule despite a severe economic crisis blamed on his government. Mugabe (83) and in power since Zimbabwe's independence from Britain in 1980, is seeking re-election in presidential and parliamentary elections set for March 2008.

Former Rhodesian leader Ian Smith dies

Ian Smith, who defied the world in 1965 when he led 270 000 white Rhodesians in a unilateral declaration of independence from Britain rather than accept moves to black-majority rule, has died in South Africa aged 88. State-owned radio ZBC, reporting his death, said ''Smith will be remembered for his racism and for the deaths of many Zimbabweans.''

Embattled Zimbabwe delays inflation data

Zimbabwe on Monday delayed the release of inflation data and said it might not be available ''for a while'', fuelling concerns the government had failed in its bid to hold back runaway prices. President Robert Mugabe has made the battle against inflation the cornerstone of his government's effort to reverse a deep economic slide.

Zimbabwe teachers end strike in deal with govt

Zimbabwean unions have called off a teachers' strike after agreeing to a wage deal with President Robert Mugabe's government, which faces growing pressure from labour amid a deepening economic crisis. Thousands of primary and high school teachers went on strike on Monday to press demands for pay increases.

Zim teachers strike for more pay as inflation bites

Zimbabwean teachers have gone on strike to press demands for huge wage increases as the Southern African country battles with the fastest rising consumer prices in the world. Critics say President Robert Mugabe has plunged the state deeper into economic crisis by ordering public institutions and private businesses to stop raising wages and prices without official authority.

Crumbling economy threatens Mugabe’s grip

Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe survived years in colonial prisons and still more years of international isolation. He has weathered the challenge of a now weak and divided opposition, seen pressure from Western powers fade, and maintained support from neighbouring countries that still regard him as an African liberation hero.

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