China turns its back on Comrade Bob to embrace change in Zimbabwe

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Resignation of Robert Mugabe greeted with relief in Beijing, which for years was autocratic leader’s most powerful ally

Confirmation of Robert Mugabe’s ouster prompted revelry on the streets of Harare. “The Goblin has gone!” raved one.

Thousands of miles away in Beijing – for years Mugabe’s most powerful backer – there were no obvious signs of jubilation.

Robert Mugabe planned for everything, except his own retirement. He outsmarted his rivals and blindsided his allies for decades, and so most of the country had come to accept that he would stay in office until the day he died.

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