South Africa

Mugabe to Head African Blocs in Endorsement of Election Win

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Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe is set to win an endorsement of his fellow African leaders to head two regional bodies, an affirmation of his victory in last year’s disputed elections.

Mugabe, 90, will take over the rotating chairmanship of the 15-nation Southern African Development Community today from Malawian leader Peter Mutharika at the start of a two-day leaders’ summit in the Zimbabwean resort town of Victoria Falls. He is also in line to lead the 54-nation African Union from 2015.

“This is an endorsement of the political change that has taken change in Zimbabwe,” Aditi Lalbahadur, a researcher at the South African Institute for International Affairs, said by phone from Johannesburg on Aug. 15. African leaders are signaling they recognize Mugabe’s “unequivocal winning of the election, contested as it was.”

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