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Zimbabwe's economic woes

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Today marks 100 days since Robert Mugabe was reelected president for his seventh consecutive term since he came to power in 1980. Although Mugabe's campaign centred on creating jobs, analysts say the unemployment rate is still in the region of 80 to 90 per cent throughout the country. Vince Musewe, an independent economist in Harare, says that economic prospects for the average Zimbabwean are fairly bleak.

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Robert Mugabe Reuters/Philimon Bulawayo