Mugabe’s descent into autocracy was not inevitable, After Mugabe, Zimbabwe set for more of the same, Germany’s political center needed to hold, US should be cautious as Lebanon heats up, Australia welcomes same-sex marriage, but much of the world resists

The Japan Times / Tokyo

MUGABE’S DESCENT INTO AUTOCRACY WAS NOT INEVITABLE

“Few tears may be shed for Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe, who was effectively deposed by the military…,” states an editorial. “[O]ne thing seems certain: It is an ignominious end to the career of one of Africa’s greatest leaders – and one that is long overdue…. Economic mismanagement and chronic starvation did not spur the military to take action against Mugabe…. [It] was the power grab by his wife, Grace…. Mugabe’s descent into autocracy, capriciousness, corruption and tyranny was not ordained, but it is all too common in Africa…. Rather than demanding that Mugabe adhere to the rule of law, other parts of the power structure joined him in exploiting institutions of the state…. And neighbors and regional powers that could have made Mugabe pay for his rapaciousness, indulged him instead….” 

Daily Monitor / Kampala, Uganda

AFTER MUGABE, ZIMBABWE LOOKS SET FOR MORE OF THE SAME

“The people of Zimbabwe have rebelled against the defiant Robert Gabriel Mugabe and for all intents and purposes, the army has overthrown him,” writes Nicholas Sengoba. “Like it happens in countries where leaders with an iron grip subjugate people for decades, the citizens get so fed up that their yearning for change finds any kind of change acceptable…. [Mugabe’s] substitute is likely to be his immediate former vice president and long standing comrade … Emmerson Dambudzo Mnangagwa…. All the major players against Mugabe do not come to the table with clean hands…. If the history of the main characters in the ouster of Mugabe is anything to go by, things in Zimbabwe are likely to change, but still remain the same.”

The Hindu / Chennai, India

WHY GERMANY’S POLITICAL CENTER NEEDED TO HOLD

“The crisis over government formation in Berlin has raised the possibility of fresh elections in Germany and the ripple effect of instability in the European Union,” states an editorial. “The breakdown in talks between Chancellor Angela Merkel’s Christian Democratic Union and potential partners … has dealt a blow to a time-tested post-War model of political compromise and consensus-building…. The proof of the efficacy of the German consensus model lay in solidifying the political centre-ground…. The need for a strong middle ground could not be greater than it is at this point. Once the Netherlands and France averted political instability … the outcome in Germany had…

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