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What the newspapers said

THE electorate has opted for a system where no one political party can exercise absolute power… The economic problems Zimbabwe is facing require all parties to come together to offer solutions. — The Herald (Zim).

Those elected into office have to serve all the people including their political rivals because they now occupy national office… These representatives should take the lead in fighting social ills such as the now cancerous corruption which is plaguing our society. —The Chronicle (Zim).
It is beginning to seem just possible that one of the ugliest regimes in Africa, and one of its most tyrannical leaders, could soon be peaceably and democratically removed from power and office… President Robert Mugabe may soon no longer be with us. — Business Day (SA).
Unlike Kenya’s first-past-the-post system, which allows few options for dealing with a close vote other than the courts or the streets, Zimbabwe’s two-round runoff system could be the mechanism that forces a relatively peaceful transition following President Robert Mugabe’s five-term rule… There is a lesson here for Kenya. — The Standard (Kenya).
Two recent elections in Kenya and Zimbabwe provide a key insight into a bright future democracy in Africa… Zimbabwe and Kenya scenarios could be significant as they shed light on future elections… It’s also a demonstration that if the opposition puts its act together and the population shows determination, there can be a change of regime. The Monitor (Uganda).
The much-anticipated chaos has not taken place. At least not yet. — Le Pays (Burkina Faso).
In 1980, Robert Mugabe was a liberation hero. Twenty-eight years later Old Bob is a villain, clawing over Zimbabwe like a personal estate, pawing like a cornered leopard, spewing venom like a rattled snake… At 84, Mugabe has refused to appreciate there can be another Zimbabwe without him. — The Standard (Kenya).
Father Time has a way of wearing you down and men, even heads of state and kings, are not able to resist him. Robert Mugabe is learning his lesson the hard way. — Le Potentiel (DR Congo). — BBC.

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