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Working With Your Assassin: An Interview with Morgan Tsvangirai

May 19, 2009

At Foreign Policy, an interview with Morgan Tsvangirai, prime minister of Zimbabwe. The article opens with a description of the impossible challenge Mr. Tsvangirai must confront in working with the president, Robert Mugabe:

Imagine yourself working side by side each day with a man who — for the last decade — has repeatedly arrested you, charged you with treason, detained and beaten your friends, and may have plotted your assassination just a year earlier. You are prime minister and he is president, even though your party won elections to oust him from power last year. The fates of an entire country and 11 million people depend on your having a good working relationship. And now imagine that the country has multi-million-percent inflation, hundreds dying from cholera, and a pattern of political violence that has chased thousands out of the country in recent years.

Welcome to the life of Morgan Tsvangirai, prime minister of Zimbabwe and leader of the opposition Movement for Democratic Change (MDC).

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