I can hear jubulate shouting as Mugabe stands down. At last the old fart has got the message. His days of tyranny and murder and crooking the system are over. But what about South Africa? At least we have identified the A-hole President Zuma for the mismanagement and crisis he has lead this country to. Our currency should be strong as our gold reserves. When are you going Zuma??
Glad to hear that Mugabe finally took the hint and stepped down, but I think this "Crocodile" who is going to take over does not look like a nice man. He couldn't be after heading Mugabe's security services.
Mark, It would fill volumes to relate the crooked deviant Zuma and his family. His son is a corrupt drain on our society as were Mugabe's two sons. Only a few weeks ago Mugabe's lot were defiantly popping corks on R70,000 a bottle champagne and then pouring it over their R250,000 watches to prove they were water resistant. How sick is that? Not as sick as what Zuma has done to this country in collusion with the Gupta's. He is a mastermind crook.
Seeing all those people happy and dancing in the streets because Mugabe finally resigned, I do wonder whether he and his cronies actually ask themselves whether they outstayed their welcome. Or are they so convinced of their importance that they don't even make the connection between their departure and the public's obvious joy?
I guess other dictators and presidents-for-life will not take a lesson from this either.
bjd - So right in your summing up of this African crisis. A lot remains to be seen. If there are new elections next year there is going to be an enormous shift in party politics and I see the opposition winning ( as they did previously and then Mugabe killed them off so he could be the winner...). He and his cronies don't even consider they have outstayed their part in a government. It's all POWER and MONEY. They hang in there for all it's worth. Look at us down here in SA. We are in the same position (politically not economically) as Zim. We have someone who will not go but lucky for us he will never stay another term as this is not in our constitution. Zim rules by different laws. I think we are more like UK and America where a President cannot remain for longer than two terms, whether the people like him or not.
South Africa is a far more developed economy, with far more educated people of all racial backgrounds. Unfortunately "leaders" such as Mugabe only exacerbate the problems of Global South (an economic and social, not strictly geographic, concept. The rise of fundamentalist religion, whether Christian, Muslim, Hindu or other, is another problem, especially in terms of women's rights and contraception.
I'm not very hopeful about the "new" leadership, but a lot of people there seem to want more democracy and less corruption. The Internet is a major influence, now that many people even in poor countries have smartphones and share the info with their families, work colleagues, neighbours and friends.
I saw all of this just trying to decipher the Spanish news crawl at the bottom of a TV screen and without knowing any of the details.
Today back in Paris, I saw that Mugabe was in good spirits, happy to go back to farming and perhaps $10 million richer due to a deal. And I still think "small price to pay" without knowing anything about the new guy.
He's got far more than ten million. Does anyone think over all these years he's just been drawing his wage as President? The ten million is just the icing on the cake, if he did actually get it which some deny.