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Mugabe begs the Chinese to save him
Posted by: McQ on Tuesday, February 26, 2008

According to the Scotsman:
A desparate Robert Mugabe has asked China for a £25 billion loan to help repair Zimbabwe's shattered economy.

The state-controlled Herald newspaper said industry and trade minister Obert Mpofu had confirmed the request by the Zimbabwean government.

Mr Mpofu said the grant would help the Zimbabwe authorities "to take care of our immediate and future long-term requirements".

It would also help stabilise the economy, he said.

Analysts warn that the crippling economic crisis could prove Mr Mugabe's downfall in next month's polls. For the first time, the 84-year-old president faces two tough challengers: Simba Makoni, the former finance minister, and the main opposition leader, Morgan Tsvangirai, who has already indicated he will ask for international help to rebuild the economy if he wins.

Zimbabwe's annual inflation rate reached 100,580.2 per cent last month.
Inflation at 100,000%? By the time you order food in a cafe, it might be twice the price or more when you are actually served. Imagine trying to live with that sort of hyper-inflation.

Of course China isn't the first place Mugabe has been begging. Last week was his birthday:
People in Zimbabwe are being asked to contribute funds towards a big birthday party for President Robert Mugabe, who turns 83 on 21 February.

[...]

"We are looking to raise 300m Zimbabwe dollars ($1.2m at the official exchange rate; $65,200 at the unofficial rate) that will be used at the birthday celebrations in Gweru," Emmanuel Fundira, chairman of the movement, told the AFP news agency.
Amazing. And speaking of blame shifiting:
Mr Mugabe blames foreign governments and his opponents for the crisis ...
Of course he does. Like Hugo Chavez, who else would you expect him to blame?
 
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People in Zimbabwe are being asked to contribute funds towards a big birthday party for President Robert Mugabe, who turns 83 on 21 February.

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"We are looking to raise 300m Zimbabwe dollars ($1.2m at the official exchange rate; $65,200 at the unofficial rate) that will be used at the birthday celebrations in Gweru," Emmanuel Fundira, chairman of the movement, told the AFP news agency.
Maybe they can get an assassin to jump out of the birthday cake....
 
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