With elections in Zimbabwe later this year or early next, how secure is Robert Mugabe's iron grip on his country? GIS expert, Professor Jaime Pinto considers the veteran president's 31 years as Zimbabwe's main political figure.

ROBERT Mugabe, veteran President of Zimbabwe, retains an iron grip on his country’s politics and power despite internal tensions, international sanctions and worldwide condemnation.

And although the 87-year-old has, according to a number of reports, recently undergone surgery for prostate cancer,which he denies, Mr Mugabe does not seem eager to retire. It is likely he will hang on to power for long as he can...

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Professor Jaime Nogueira Pinto
Mr Mugabe will call elections only when he is confident he can win or if he is pushed into action
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