Spotlight: Zimbabwe

Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe is used to ignoring international vilification. But the domestic outcry that followed police beatings of opposition leaders and the subsequent squashing of grass-roots protesters may offer players within his own party a chance to depose the octogenarian autocrat, whose rule has yielded 1,700% inflation, an 80% unemployment rate and average life expectancy of 35, the lowest in the world. Mugabe's chief rivals include a former army chief and an ex-- intelligence chief. Sure, they don't carry very progressive credentials, but in the eyes of many, anyone but Mugabe will do.

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