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Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Tsvangirai Sworn in as Zimbabwe Prime Minister

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Morgan Tsvangirai, left, leader of the main opposition party ...

Morgan Tsvangirai was sworn in today as the new Prime Minister of Zimbabwe. (The full text of his inauguration speech can be found here.)

This new arrangement has been viewed with much skepticism, and rightly so. Mugabe has used the guise of a unity government before to eliminate his enemies and he has given Tsvangirai as little power as he could get away with.

The MDC members of the new government believe that, given the mass humanitarian crisis in Zimbabwe, they had no choice but to join so they could begin to fix the myriad problems in the country. They also believe they can co-opt Mugabe's backers in the government over time. However, there is a possibility that the privileges of power that produced the corrupt Mugabe regime could seduce MDC and result in another generation of corrupt government. (This is Africa, after all.)

Let's hope this is a step in the right direction.

Now would be a good time to donate to Save the Children's Zimbabwe Children in Crisis Fund

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