Friday, May 30, 2008

Zimbabwe’s Security Sector

Zimbabwe’s economic crisis is so dire that the official inflation rate now exceeds 100,000 percent and at least one-quarter of the population has fled the country. As the economy has deteriorated, President Robert Mugabe has given security groups, including the intelligence service and the military, control over many political institutions. Experts say these groups could play a decisive role in March 29 elections and are watching closely for signs of their political allegiances.

Splits within and between these groups have become more pronounced in recent months, and some observers suggest a significant portion of the security sector—particularly in the lower ranks—no longer supports Mugabe. Analysts are divided on whether security groups will assist or thwart a transition to a post-Mugabe government. Continue

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