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Obama Pledges $73 Million to Black-Ruled Zimbabwe.


President Obama announced today that the United States will provide $73 million in aid to Zimbabwe, saying the economically-wracked nation has made progress since Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai entered a power-sharing arrangement with longtime President Robert Mugabe four months ago.

“We’ve seen progress from the prime minister,” Obama said, after meeting with Tsvangirai in the Oval Office.

Mugabe was once hailed as a freedom fighter responsible for ushering the formerly white-run nation into black rule. In recent years, the country’s health and education systems have all but crumbled. “There was a time when Zimbabwe was the breadbasket of Africa. And it continues to have enormous potential,” Obama said. “It has gone through a very dark and difficult period politically.

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