Zimbabwe: End of an Uneasy Truce

Fearing a coup plot, Mugabe dumps Nkomo from the Cabinet

For years they were rivals. But for the 24 months since the Zimbabwe African National Union-Patriotic Front party (ZANU-P.F.) of Prime Minister Robert Mugabe came to power in 1980, he and Joshua Nkomo, 64, the portly, outspoken head of the opposition Zimbabwe African People's Union (ZAPU), have coexisted uneasily. Last week their shaky truce was shattered. Nkomo was unceremoniously stripped of his rank as Minister Without Portfolio in the Mugabe government, a post he was demoted to a year after Nkomo's party won...

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