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Wednesday 17 September 2014

Pressure mounts on strongman Mugabe

Rachael Alexander

Published 23/08/2014 | 02:30

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Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe
Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe

Zimbabwe's main opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai said his party could roll out protests against President Robert Mugabe's government over its inability to improve a flagging economy.

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Tsvangirai has led the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC)since 1999 and in April he sacked his secretary general who was calling for him to step down after losing a third election to Mugabe in 2013, which some Western observers said was rigged.

Mr Tsvangirai, a former trade union leader, said the country had an unsustainably high unemployment rate, estimated above 80pc, which forced many people into informal employment.

After posting strong growth during four years of Mugabe and Tsvangirai's unity government between 2009-2013, the economy issuffering a dollar crunch due to lack of foreign investment,forcing many firms to shut down or keep workers without pay.

"We are going to obilise. The form and content is left tot he MDC to plan and execute," he said.

Irish Independent

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