With his usual lavish birthday party, Robert Mugabe will celebrate his 90th birthday in February. He is one of the world’s longest-reigning autocrats, entering his 34th year as ruler of Zimbabwe next year. You would think he might be ready for retirement. You would be wrong.
After a manipulated triumph in national elections this year, Mr. Mugabe seems more ambitious than ever. Having ousted the opposition from a coalition government, his domination is complete. His supporters are boasting that he could rule until the age of 100.