Agence France-PresseApril 24, 2013 22:31
For 33 years Robert Mugabe has bestrode Zimbabwean politics, ruling as a virtual government of one. But as his final election nears there are signs the strongman's power is waning.
In office since independence in 1980, Mugabe, now 89 years old, will ask Zimbabweans to re-elect him president at elections slated for later this year.
He will face a battle on multiple fronts.
He must defeat long-time political rival Morgan Tsvangirai, but if he is to keep his stranglehold on power he must also keep control over his party riven by factionalism.