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International Crisis Group Sees Post-Mugabe Political Transition Nearer

Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe is under mounting internal pressure to retire. which could pave the way for a transitional government in which his ZANU-PF ruling party would share power with today's opposition while the constitution is revised and a new round of elections is prepared, says the International Crisis Group.

The ICG report issued Monday in Johannesburg, South Africa, said feuding ZANU-PF factions are joining forces to pressure Mugabe to retire when his term ends in 2008 – though the president is bent on extending his term to 2010 under a so-called harmonization of presidential and general election schedules.

International Crisis Group Senior Analyst Sydney Masamvu told reporter Blessing Zulu of VOA’s Studio 7 for Zimbabwe that Harare resembles the Congo - then Zaire - during the last days of the late dictator Mobuto Sese Seko.

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