Harare is disputing a study made public in the U.S. magazine Foreign Policy ranking Zimbabwe fifth among the world's failed states after Sudan, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Ivory coast and Iraq, saying it reflected a biased U.S. perspective.
The study by the U.S.-based Fund for Peace said Zimbabwe in the past year moved up 10 places in the rankings because of its collapsing economy, emigrating population and record on human rights. Six of the most vulnerable 10 states are in Africa.
Information Minister Tichaona Jokonya told reporter Ndimyake Mwakalyele of VOA's Studio 7 for Zimbabwe that the findings were typical of U.S.-published reports.
Political analyst Heri Dinotyiwei agreed Zimbabwe is deteriorating, but said he was not ready to classify the country as a failed state. At the same time, however, he said the Harare government was too quick to challenge the validity of the report.