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June 23, 2000 | ANN M. SIMMONS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Voters in this southern African nation will go to the polls this weekend in what many analysts consider the most fiercely contested and violence-marred parliamentary elections since Zimbabwe gained independence from Britain in 1980. The competition for political power has churned up a caldron full of provocative issues, including land, race, nationalism, poverty and the rescue of a crumbling economy.
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March 25, 2008 | Robyn Dixon, Times Staff Writer
It takes 55 million Zimbabwean dollars to buy a single American one. Schools have no teachers. Hospitals have become mortuaries. And inflation has topped 100,000%. As President Robert Mugabe, 84, seeks a sixth term in elections Saturday, Zimbabwe's financial catastrophe takes the words "It's the economy, stupid," to a new level. Yet even with a crisis so intractable it would finish off any leader in a genuine democracy, Mugabe is expected to maintain his grip on power.
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