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Thursday, December 3, 1998 Published at 09:20 GMT


Mugabe's long shadow



As Robert Mugabe nears the end of his second decade in power, Zimbabwe has been hit by economic chaos, street protests and sharpening social divisions. This BBC News Online special report - compiled in December 1998 - looked at the problems facing the country and asked whether its leader's firm grip on power may be starting to slip.


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Economic anger
Fury at the handling of Zimbabwe's worst ever economic crisis is boiling over, but it is hard to see where change will come from.
Also:
Conspiracy or mismanagement?



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The battle for land
Redistributing land has been on the agenda since independence, but the current economic crisis has fuelled the hunger for it even more.

Also:
Zimbabwe's history: Key dates



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Meeting Mr Mugabe
For a man whose presidency could be about to end in tears, he remains sharp and composed: Jeremy Vine takes stock of one of Africa's elder statesmen.
Also:
Mugabe's unpopular war




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In this section

Mugabe's long shadow

Political conspiracy or economic mismanagement?

Mugabe's unpopular war

Land battle sets black against white

Mugabe faces economic anger

Meeting Mr Mugabe

Zimbabwe's history: Key dates