Investment firms say their phones have been ringing with client inquiries about the chances of a turnaround in Zimbabwe from decades of decline and bouts of financial chaos under Robert Mugabe. But, as David Pollard reports, they face some key obstacles.
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HARARE, Zimbabwe — Thousands of people have taken to the streets in the capital, Harare, carrying national flags and dancing in anticipation of Robert Mugabe’s resignation. Elated crowds gathered in the streets Saturday morning, with cars honking and people whistling and cheering.

Some carried posters with a picture of the military commander and the slogan, “Go, go our general!!!!” Other banners included slogans such as “Mugabe must leave Zimbabwe” and “Bob’s not your uncle.”

Local resident George Edwards told DW correspondent Privilege Musvanhiri that Mugabe was “a dictator” and that any change was good.

“This is a fresh start … Anything else is a bonus. We just want a change,” he said.

Zimbabwe’ state-run broadcaster says Mugabe will meet Sunday with the army commander who put him under house arrest. This will be the second meeting as their talks continue on the longtime leader’s departure.

Mugabe is said to be resisting efforts to step aside, according to the Associated Press. 

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‘Like Christmas’

“It’s like Christmas,” another marcher, Fred Mubay, told the AP.

Zimbabwe’s state-run media has broadcast images of people protesting, which would not have been possible only a week ago. Similarly, the state-run Herald newspaper has run with the headline, “#Mugabe Must Go!”…