The world watched Zimbabwe suffer through a botched and violent election last year. After months of bitter negotiations with longtime Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe, opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai was sworn in as the new prime minister by Mugabe during a ceremony at the State House in Harare on Feb. 11. Tsvangirai has been repeatedly detained and assaulted over the past six years by cronies of the Mugabe government.
The precarious political alliance with Mugabe as president and Tsvangirai as prime minister represents Zimbabwe’s first ever "unity government" that will attempt to move the country forward. It won’t be easy. Zimbabwe’s economy has been ravaged by the second-highest inflation rate in history, Africa’s worst cholera epidemic, and health and education systems that barely function. The African Union (AU) will serve as guarantor for the new government. Disciples may help by clicking here to sign the Zimbabwe crisis response petition to urge the African Union to act: globalministries.org/news/africa/zimbabwe-crisis-response.html
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