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Zimbabwe's Mugabe to head African Union, despite rights record
Zimbabwe's Mugabe to head African Union, despite rights record

Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe, who came to power in 1980 and has been accused of significant human rights abuses in his country for much of his rule, was elected Friday as chairman of the African Union. Mugabe’s election comes amid a backlash in Africa against Western leaders lecturing Africans on democracy and human rights -- and while the continent cozies up to China, which is happy to pour in no-strings-attached aid. It also comes with the continent appearing to backslide on democracy, with numerous presidents maneuvering to ditch constitutional limits on presidential terms in order to rule for life. Mugabe, freedom fighter turned president, faces travel bans to the...

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