Zimbabwe: One-Party State

Announcing a hard left turn

When black-ruled Zimbabwe was white-ruled Rhodesia, it was a bastion of conservatism and free enterprise. But last week, after four years of independence, Prime Minister Robert Mugabe, 60, declared his intention to transform the former British colony into a one-party Marxist state. The announcement was greeted with enthusiasm by the 6,000 delegates and visitors who had gathered at a race track in the capital of Harare for the first congress in 20 years of Mugabe's Zimbabwe African National Union (ZANU). The meeting was conducted in the finest leftist...

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