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A chart showing Zimbabwe’s oscillating economic growth rate from 2000 to 2019

Zimbabwe: Dashed hopes for meaningful change

After the 2017 coup d’etat ended the strong-arm rule of Robert Mugabe in Zimbabwe, his successor Emmerson Mnangagwa promised to fundamentally reform the bankrupt country and to open it to the world. A short-lived spurt of economic growth followed, but it turned into a deep contraction in 2019. The new president has ties to the old regime and maintains some of its worst practices.

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