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article imagePres. Obama Aids Zimbabwe with $73 Million

By Andrew Moran     Jun 13, 2009 in Politics
President Obama officially pledges $73 million to Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai and Zimbabwe during PM Tsvangirai’s three-week international tour to seek international aid for the tyrannical-laden country.
On Thursday, the newest Prime Minister of Zimbabwe had a meeting and a conference with United States Secretary of State and former 2008 Democratic Presidential Candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton. In her meeting she expressed her concerns about the current President Robert Mugabe however, reassured Mr. Tsvangirai that talks and foreign aid would continue to the former nation of Rhodesia.
U.S. President Barack Obama briefly stated that, after meeting with him in the Oval Office inside the White House; “We've seen progress from the prime minister.” Pres. Obama continued that he has seen development in the nation since the power-sharing deal took place this February. Pres. Obama renewed sanctions against the economically splintered nation in March.
Pres. Obama further added, according to CNN, “I obviously have extraordinary admiration for the courage and tenacity that the prime minister has shown in navigating through some very difficult political times in Zimbabwe. There was a time when Zimbabwe was the breadbasket of Africa, and it continues to have enormous potential. It has gone through a very dark and difficult time politically.”
After meeting with Pres. Obama, Mr. Tsvangirai spoke to reporters and told CNN, “It is the problems of implementation, even by the standard of our own benchmarks, and there are gaps that still exist.”
One now must wonder whose plan is going to work? Prime Minister Tsvangirai’s or Pres. Mugabe’s? Pres. Mugabe is holding a Western and Eastern African Summit to look for international investors and donors.
Late last year, the 85-year-old ZANU-PF leader told the international community that the western Democracies, particularly Great Britain and the United States, were trying to undermine the Zimbabwean government and overthrow the President. There have been relentless attempts to bring down ZANU-PF and Pres. Mugabe. An activist was charged in 2008 of a plot to cause the downfall of the brutal dictator. Last month, three men were released from another plot to overthrow Pres. Mugabe. In December of 2008, the Zimbabwe government accused its neighboring nation Botswana of trying to help other countries overthrow the twenty nine-year incumbent.
When reporters asked Morgan Tsvangirai whether or not Mugabe should retire, he responded, “…At the age of 85, I think one needs to retire.”
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