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This year, President Robert Mugabe, once heralded as an African freedom fighter, has silenced his critics with intimidation and violence while his nation's economy has spiraled out of control.
In 2007, observers accused both main candidates of cheating in a Dec. 27 election, but incumbent President Mwai Kibaki's handpicked electoral commission quickly declared him the winner, sparking nationwide riots and tribal clashes that left more than 1,000 people dead.